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Interpretive Reproduction in Children’s Play

William A. Corsaro


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