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Book Review

Celebrating 40 Years of Play Research: Connecting Our Past, Present, and Future, Vol 13, Play & Culture Studies

Michael M. Patte and John A. Sutterby, eds.
Lanham, MD: Hamilton Books, 2016. Foreword, acknowledgements, introduction, and index. 199 pp. $22.59 paper. ISBN: 9780761868163

by Miguel Sicart

First Paragraph:

If we look at recently published books, it seems that the study of play is seeing a major revival. Ian Bogost’s Play Anything and Steven Johnson’s Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World explain the importance of play to a broad audience, while academic articles about play abound in many different journals. It is therefore quite significant to review Celebrating 40 Years of Play Research: Connecting Our Past, Present, and Future, as it provides an insightful historical account of the study of play, mapping the past, present, and future of the field.