4-1 | Transactions at Play: Play & Cultural Studies, Volume 9

Book Review

Transactions at Play: Play & Cultural Studies, Volume 9

Cindy Dell Clark, ed.
Lanham, MD: University of America Press, 2009. Notes, charts, references, index. 190 pp. $29.99 paper. ISBN: 978076184485

by Olga S. Jarrett

First Paragraph:

An outstanding collection of original research and new insights on play, this is the ninth volume of a series of annual publications by The Association for the Study of Play (TASP), a scholarly organization of play researchers. The variety of articles—organized into three sections, each of which includes three articles and an introductory commentary by an eminent play researcher—testifies to the broad spectrum of TASP membership, which includes psychologists, folklorists, sociologists, educators, anthropologists, historians, animal researchers, and therapists, all of them with their own ideas about play. The forward, by series editor James E. Johnson, refers to the book as “a box of jewels,” and I agree.