Brian sutton smith a leading proponent of play theory considers each possibility as it has been proposed elaborated and debated in disciplines from biology psychology and education to metaphysics mathematics and sociology. The ambiguity of play is an extremely important contribution to theoretical discussions about play not only in the united states but around the world the book provides a platform for further theoretical reflection interdisciplinary dialogue and for critical examination of long held beliefs about child development and education. His books included childs play written with r e herron the study of games written with elliott m avedon how to play with your children and when not to toys as culture and the ambiguity of play. An excellent analysis of a range of ancient and modern rhetorics surrounding play sutton smith introduces the concept of ambiguity but falls short of really using it in a theoretical construct along the lines of pickerings mangle or laws mess. An excellent book to read if you are interested in learning about play and the importance of play
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