3-3 | Play as Engagement and Communication: Play & Culture Studies, Volume 10

Book Review

Play as Engagement and Communication: Play & Culture Studies, Volume 10

Eva E. Nwokah, ed.
Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2010. Contents, tables, charts, references, bibliography, index. 223 pp. $36.00 paper. ISBN: 9780761850830

by William A. Corsaro

First Paragraph:

In this, the tenth volume of the Play & Culture Studies series from TASP (The Association for the Study of Play), editor Eva Nwokah argues that the contributions of this volume all proclaim that play involves both engagement with another and communication through verbal or nonverbal means. This theme is very broad and covers almost any theoretical paper or research study on play. Most of the chapters in this volume are quite different from one another, are not well integrated, and do not build on one another. For example, there are no references to other chapters and seldom to the work of the other authors in any of the chapters. Some of the chapters are well written, innovative, and insightful, but the volume’s lack of coherence is a serious drawback.