7-3 | License to Play: The Ludic in Japanese Culture

Book Review

License to Play: The Ludic in Japanese Culture

Michal Daliot-Bul
Honolulu, HI: University of Hawaii Press, 2014. Contents, acknowledgments, notes, references, index. 186 pp. $45.00 cloth. ISBN: 9780824839406

by Jennifer deWinter

First Paragraph:

Michal Daliot-Bul’s monograph License to Play provides an engaging interdisciplinary analysis of both play and Japanese youth culture, and in this ialectical treatment, she uncovers transformations and emergent practices in contemporary Japanese culture. She includes an introduction that offers a brief synthesis of play theory, six chapters analyzing play in Japan specifically, a short epilogue, and a wealth of endnotes.