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Book Review

Investigating Play in the 21st Century: Play & Culture Studies, Volume 7

Dorothy Justus Sluss and Olga S. Jarrett, eds.
Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2007. Foreword, tables, figures, references, index. 324 pp. $39.95 paper. ISBN: 9780761836407

by Ann Marie Guilmette

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The Association for the Study of Play (TASP) is a multidisciplinary organization that focuses on play studies. It consists of anthropologists, educators, folklorists, musicologists, scientists, psychologists, kinesiologists, and historians, and its members meet annually to discuss and disseminate scholarly investigations on the importance of play. Since 1998, TASP has published Play & Culture Studies, a scholarly journal on the topic of play, and Dorothy Justus Sluss and Olga Jarrett, coeditors of volume seven, have produced an exceptional issue. This publication not only has something for everyone (academics, educators, parents, communities, agencies, and players) but the practical and theoretical contributions are timely, informative, and sometimes fundamental. Not since Albert Ellis (1973) have so many models for explaining play's role been represented in one publication.