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Interpretive Reproduction in Children’s Play

William A. Corsaro

Abstract:

The author looks at children’s play from the perspective of interpretive reproduction, emphasizing the way children create their own unique peer cultures, which he defines as a set of routines, artifacts, values, and concerns that children engage in with their playmates. The article focuses on two types of routines in the peer culture of preschool children—approach-avoidance play and dramatic role play—and compares their importance. The author outlines the universal nature of these routines and how they can be embellished and extended. Key words: approach-avoidance play; children and social development; children’s peer cultures; dramatic role play; interpretive reproduction; la Strega; plying the frame; socialization