Children at Play: An American History

Children at Play: An American History✷ [BOOKS] ✫ Children at Play: An American History By Howard P. Chudacoff ❁ – Oaklandjobs.co.uk Hear the author interview on NPR s Morning EditionIf you believe the experts, child s play is serious business From sociologists to psychologists and from anthropologists to social critics, writers ha Hear the Play: An PDF/EPUB è author interview on NPR s Morning EditionIf you believe the experts, child s play is serious business From sociologists to psychologists and from anthropologists to social critics, writers have produced mountains of books about the meaning and importance of play But what do we know about how children actually play, especially American children of the last two centuries In this fascinating and enlightening book, Howard Chudacoff presents a history of children s play in the United States and ponders what Children at PDF/EPUB ² it tells us about ourselvesThrough expert investigation in primary sources including dozens of children s diaries, hundreds of autobiographical recollections of adults, and a wealth of child rearing manuals along with wide ranging reading of the work of educators, journalists, market researchers, and scholars Chudacoff digs into the underground of play He contrasts the activities that genuinely occupied children s time with what adults thought children should be doingFilled with intriguing stories and revelatory insights, Children at Play provides a chronological history of at Play: An PDF/EPUB Á play in the US from the point of view of children themselves Focusing on youngsters between the ages of about six and twelve, this is history from the bottom up It highlights the transformations of play that have occurred over the lastyears, paying attention not only to the activities of the cultural elite but to those of working class men and women, to slaves, and to Native Americans In addition, the author considers the findings, observations, and theories of numerous social scientists along with those of fellow historiansChudacoff concludes that children s ability to play independently has attenuated over time and that in our modern era this diminution has frequently had unfortunate consequences By examining the activities of young people whom marketers today call tweens, he provides fresh historical depth to current discussions about topics like childhood obesity, delinquency, learning disability, and the many ways that children spend their time when adults aren t looking. Children at Play covers several decades and three groups of children White, Black and Native Americans The book is an overview of how children played, where they enjoyed their antics and what they used to create their imaginary world However, Chudacoff does not portray religious groups in a good light by stating that their overly staunch rhetoric on the gospel and hell appear overboard and stifling for their children Even so, the author does state that history shows that Puritan groups did l Children at Play covers several decades and three groups of children White, Black and Native Americans The book is an overview of how children played, where they enjoyed their antics and what they used to create their imaginary world However, Chudacoff does not portray religious groups in a good light by stating that their overly staunch rhetoric on the gospel and hell appear overboard and stifling for their children Even so, the author does state that history shows that Puritan groups did love their children lavishly Also, the book feels heavy with several quotes from both known and unknown people and their diary entries about their childhood play Children at play is an interesting read Chudacoff s work is a comprehensive analysis of the culture of children s play in the United States from the days of the Puritans up until the present He neatly presents his analysis in terms of the interplay of four contexts that have affected play culture through the centuries environment urban, rural, indoors outdoors , material culture toys and children s literature, including comic books , peer interaction who children play with, solitary play, playing online with friends and the Chudacoff s work is a comprehensive analysis of the culture of children s play in the United States from the days of the Puritans up until the present He neatly presents his analysis in terms of the interplay of four contexts that have affected play culture through the centuries environment urban, rural, indoors outdoors , material culture toys and children s literature, including comic books , peer interaction who children play with, solitary play, playing online with friends and the degree of freedom from adult intervention The book is broken up into chapters based on dates pre 1800, 1800 1850, 1850 1900, 1900 1950 and 1950 present Although the subdivision of the history of play culture into roughly 5 decade periods is in fact somewhat arbitrary which Chudacoff readily admits, as evidenced by his own data , it is an effective way to divide up what would otherwise be a difficult to read work The writing definitely leans towards the academic in style loads of supporting quotes from primary sources and extensive endnotes , while also obviously aiming at a general audience in its presentation But disregarding the chronology, the four contexts provide a very useful way to understand how children s play has changed through time I have to wonder though would this analysis derived as it is from American history hold shape in the context of another culture I am sure there is plenty of anthropological works written on this topic It d have been nice if Chudacoff provided some reference to them, but not a big deal Chudacoff tries to identify successive periods in the history of children s play characterized different levels of each context But after reading the whole book, I find it easier to think of this history as a general shift in the balance between the four contexts as they spiral around a central helix of competing parental controls and children s push back, and where the timing of contextual shifts being less important than the overall impression of what that shift means for contemporary society Disregarding children s play culture the Puritan period, which Chudacoff characterizes as severely controlled by adults or at least they try to and permeated by children s guilt over the supposed sinfulness of their uncontrollable desire to play at idle pursuits, my impression of the history of children s play in the US after reading this book is this 1 beginning in the mid 20th Century, play has increasingly become equated with manufactured toys, i.e most play is no longer purely imaginary role playing incorporating found objects or toys made by the child him or herself, and that this is largely due to the efforts of toy marketers to increase sales by appealing directly to kids with allowances, and busy parents guilt tripped about not giving enough attention to their kids 2 there has been a shift toward formal rather than ad hoc play sites , i.e children don t roam the countrywide or the city street and alleyways any, but instead play in highly supervised environments indoors, on playgrounds or at commercial enterprises like Chuck E Cheese mostly because of adults concern for their safety 3 adults have always tried to direct children s play towards the useful purposes of socialization, education and or exercise intended to benefit the child s health, safety and future prospects personally, as a parent I have mostly tried to ensure that my kids toys have some semblance of educational value and 4 play directed by adults has always been less fun for children than doing what they aren t allowed to do, going where they aren t supposed to go and just breaking the rules to see what happens Play culture has changed in significant ways over the centuries, and usually to the chagrin of parents and other adults, but I think we can always count on children s penchant for testing boundaries to show through, no matter how it is shaped by the contexts of environment, material culture, peer interaction and adult intervention An important lesson this book may have for parents is that if you do want to guide how and with whom and what your child plays, try not to make it so obvious Lots of nice diary and memoir quotation, but fundamentally repetative, and not particularly revelatory Adults and kids have always had a conflicted view of what constitutes proper play Rich middle class children have always hadopportunity for play than poor children or enslaved children Boys have always hadfreedom than girls Quotes from Puritan sermons A general outline of the Child Guidance and Social Control movements of the teens and 20s Yawn.I am similarly unimpressed wit Lots of nice diary and memoir quotation, but fundamentally repetative, and not particularly revelatory Adults and kids have always had a conflicted view of what constitutes proper play Rich middle class children have always hadopportunity for play than poor children or enslaved children Boys have always hadfreedom than girls Quotes from Puritan sermons A general outline of the Child Guidance and Social Control movements of the teens and 20s Yawn.I am similarly unimpressed with his conclusion after frankly describing the horrors of contemporary childhood less than an hour a week of unstructured outside play, nauseating amounts of television, etc , he assures us that children have always found ways to create their own worlds unmediated by adults, and will continue to do so I was disappointed in the flimsiness of his optimism, as neither the book nor the evidence at hand would suggest this is the case He does, though, to his credit as an author of pop social history, integrate narratives from enslaved children, Native children, and girls to a much greater extent than is usual in covering a general topic like this Turns out there are these great WPA interviews with former slaves and Indian adults, recalling the child culture they grew up in Worth reading just for that, really Maybe I ll go looking forspecific histories of these children in the future This book is obviously written by an academic, with much too much duplication of statements about main points and conclusions There is lots of detail about demographic, social, commercial, economics and intellectual trend changes that affected the evolution of children s play A principal observation is that children are less creative in play now than they have been in the past, because toys come with instructions and because manufacturers work hard to brand toys with connections to current This book is obviously written by an academic, with much too much duplication of statements about main points and conclusions There is lots of detail about demographic, social, commercial, economics and intellectual trend changes that affected the evolution of children s play A principal observation is that children are less creative in play now than they have been in the past, because toys come with instructions and because manufacturers work hard to brand toys with connections to current media that define how the toys should be used.Readathttp richardsubber.com book blog This book is a resourceful and reoccurring reference I use for my education classes and papers While it can be repetitive, it has a massive amount of useful information about the topic of children s play throughout history It isn t necessarily a read for just anyone though, due to its dense information and formal approach. Although interested in the premise, I couldn t make it through the preface and the introduction or the first paragraphs of chapter one to even find out if Chudacoff ever gives a good answer to his own questions A good example of publish or perish scholarship, but not a great read. Main HQ792.U5 C46 2007

Children at Play: An American History PDF/EPUB å
    This guide aims to show you how to download recollections of adults, and a wealth of child rearing manuals along with wide ranging reading of the work of educators, journalists, market researchers, and scholars Chudacoff digs into the underground of play He contrasts the activities that genuinely occupied children s time with what adults thought children should be doingFilled with intriguing stories and revelatory insights, Children at Play provides a chronological history of at Play: An PDF/EPUB Á play in the US from the point of view of children themselves Focusing on youngsters between the ages of about six and twelve, this is history from the bottom up It highlights the transformations of play that have occurred over the lastyears, paying attention not only to the activities of the cultural elite but to those of working class men and women, to slaves, and to Native Americans In addition, the author considers the findings, observations, and theories of numerous social scientists along with those of fellow historiansChudacoff concludes that children s ability to play independently has attenuated over time and that in our modern era this diminution has frequently had unfortunate consequences By examining the activities of young people whom marketers today call tweens, he provides fresh historical depth to current discussions about topics like childhood obesity, delinquency, learning disability, and the many ways that children spend their time when adults aren t looking. Children at Play covers several decades and three groups of children White, Black and Native Americans The book is an overview of how children played, where they enjoyed their antics and what they used to create their imaginary world However, Chudacoff does not portray religious groups in a good light by stating that their overly staunch rhetoric on the gospel and hell appear overboard and stifling for their children Even so, the author does state that history shows that Puritan groups did l Children at Play covers several decades and three groups of children White, Black and Native Americans The book is an overview of how children played, where they enjoyed their antics and what they used to create their imaginary world However, Chudacoff does not portray religious groups in a good light by stating that their overly staunch rhetoric on the gospel and hell appear overboard and stifling for their children Even so, the author does state that history shows that Puritan groups did love their children lavishly Also, the book feels heavy with several quotes from both known and unknown people and their diary entries about their childhood play Children at play is an interesting read Chudacoff s work is a comprehensive analysis of the culture of children s play in the United States from the days of the Puritans up until the present He neatly presents his analysis in terms of the interplay of four contexts that have affected play culture through the centuries environment urban, rural, indoors outdoors , material culture toys and children s literature, including comic books , peer interaction who children play with, solitary play, playing online with friends and the Chudacoff s work is a comprehensive analysis of the culture of children s play in the United States from the days of the Puritans up until the present He neatly presents his analysis in terms of the interplay of four contexts that have affected play culture through the centuries environment urban, rural, indoors outdoors , material culture toys and children s literature, including comic books , peer interaction who children play with, solitary play, playing online with friends and the degree of freedom from adult intervention The book is broken up into chapters based on dates pre 1800, 1800 1850, 1850 1900, 1900 1950 and 1950 present Although the subdivision of the history of play culture into roughly 5 decade periods is in fact somewhat arbitrary which Chudacoff readily admits, as evidenced by his own data , it is an effective way to divide up what would otherwise be a difficult to read work The writing definitely leans towards the academic in style loads of supporting quotes from primary sources and extensive endnotes , while also obviously aiming at a general audience in its presentation But disregarding the chronology, the four contexts provide a very useful way to understand how children s play has changed through time I have to wonder though would this analysis derived as it is from American history hold shape in the context of another culture I am sure there is plenty of anthropological works written on this topic It d have been nice if Chudacoff provided some reference to them, but not a big deal Chudacoff tries to identify successive periods in the history of children s play characterized different levels of each context But after reading the whole book, I find it easier to think of this history as a general shift in the balance between the four contexts as they spiral around a central helix of competing parental controls and children s push back, and where the timing of contextual shifts being less important than the overall impression of what that shift means for contemporary society Disregarding children s play culture the Puritan period, which Chudacoff characterizes as severely controlled by adults or at least they try to and permeated by children s guilt over the supposed sinfulness of their uncontrollable desire to play at idle pursuits, my impression of the history of children s play in the US after reading this book is this 1 beginning in the mid 20th Century, play has increasingly become equated with manufactured toys, i.e most play is no longer purely imaginary role playing incorporating found objects or toys made by the child him or herself, and that this is largely due to the efforts of toy marketers to increase sales by appealing directly to kids with allowances, and busy parents guilt tripped about not giving enough attention to their kids 2 there has been a shift toward formal rather than ad hoc play sites , i.e children don t roam the countrywide or the city street and alleyways any, but instead play in highly supervised environments indoors, on playgrounds or at commercial enterprises like Chuck E Cheese mostly because of adults concern for their safety 3 adults have always tried to direct children s play towards the useful purposes of socialization, education and or exercise intended to benefit the child s health, safety and future prospects personally, as a parent I have mostly tried to ensure that my kids toys have some semblance of educational value and 4 play directed by adults has always been less fun for children than doing what they aren t allowed to do, going where they aren t supposed to go and just breaking the rules to see what happens Play culture has changed in significant ways over the centuries, and usually to the chagrin of parents and other adults, but I think we can always count on children s penchant for testing boundaries to show through, no matter how it is shaped by the contexts of environment, material culture, peer interaction and adult intervention An important lesson this book may have for parents is that if you do want to guide how and with whom and what your child plays, try not to make it so obvious Lots of nice diary and memoir quotation, but fundamentally repetative, and not particularly revelatory Adults and kids have always had a conflicted view of what constitutes proper play Rich middle class children have always hadopportunity for play than poor children or enslaved children Boys have always hadfreedom than girls Quotes from Puritan sermons A general outline of the Child Guidance and Social Control movements of the teens and 20s Yawn.I am similarly unimpressed wit Lots of nice diary and memoir quotation, but fundamentally repetative, and not particularly revelatory Adults and kids have always had a conflicted view of what constitutes proper play Rich middle class children have always hadopportunity for play than poor children or enslaved children Boys have always hadfreedom than girls Quotes from Puritan sermons A general outline of the Child Guidance and Social Control movements of the teens and 20s Yawn.I am similarly unimpressed with his conclusion after frankly describing the horrors of contemporary childhood less than an hour a week of unstructured outside play, nauseating amounts of television, etc , he assures us that children have always found ways to create their own worlds unmediated by adults, and will continue to do so I was disappointed in the flimsiness of his optimism, as neither the book nor the evidence at hand would suggest this is the case He does, though, to his credit as an author of pop social history, integrate narratives from enslaved children, Native children, and girls to a much greater extent than is usual in covering a general topic like this Turns out there are these great WPA interviews with former slaves and Indian adults, recalling the child culture they grew up in Worth reading just for that, really Maybe I ll go looking forspecific histories of these children in the future This book is obviously written by an academic, with much too much duplication of statements about main points and conclusions There is lots of detail about demographic, social, commercial, economics and intellectual trend changes that affected the evolution of children s play A principal observation is that children are less creative in play now than they have been in the past, because toys come with instructions and because manufacturers work hard to brand toys with connections to current This book is obviously written by an academic, with much too much duplication of statements about main points and conclusions There is lots of detail about demographic, social, commercial, economics and intellectual trend changes that affected the evolution of children s play A principal observation is that children are less creative in play now than they have been in the past, because toys come with instructions and because manufacturers work hard to brand toys with connections to current media that define how the toys should be used.Readathttp richardsubber.com book blog This book is a resourceful and reoccurring reference I use for my education classes and papers While it can be repetitive, it has a massive amount of useful information about the topic of children s play throughout history It isn t necessarily a read for just anyone though, due to its dense information and formal approach. Although interested in the premise, I couldn t make it through the preface and the introduction or the first paragraphs of chapter one to even find out if Chudacoff ever gives a good answer to his own questions A good example of publish or perish scholarship, but not a great read. Main HQ792.U5 C46 2007 "/>
  • Hardcover
  • 269 pages
  • Children at Play: An American History
  • Howard P. Chudacoff
  • English
  • 02 June 2019
  • 0814716644