4-4 | Contributors

Garry Chick is Professor and Head of the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management and Professor of Anthropology at Pennsylvania State University. He is coeditor of The Many Faces of Play, Encyclopedia of Leisure and Recreation in America, and Explorations in the Fields of Play, volume one of the Play & Culture Studies series. He has authored or co-authored more than one hundred articles and book chapters on cultural anthropology and leisure sciences and his work has appeared in such journals as the Journal of Sport and Leisure, Journal of Leisure Research, and Leisure Sciences. Careen Yarnal is Associate Professor in the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management at Pennsylvania State University. Her current research interests include adult play and positive aging, women’s leisure across the life-span, and college students’ use of leisure time. Coauthor of articles that have appeared in Ageing and Society, Leisure Studies, Leisure Sciences, Annals of Leisure Research, and the Journal of Leisure Research, she serves currently as Associate Editor for the Journal of Unconventional Parks, Tourism, and Recreation Research. Andrew Purrington is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management at Pennsylvania State University.


William A. Corsaro is Professor of Sociology at Indiana University. Recipient of more than twenty research and teaching grants and awards, he has studied or taught in Germany, Italy, Norway, and Sweden. He is the author of Friendship and Peer Culture in the Early Years; The Sociology of Childhood; "We’re Friends, Right?": Inside Kids’ Culture; and more than seventy-five scholarly book chapters and articles, including contributions to Sociology of Education, American Journal of Community Psychology, American Behavioral Scientist, and Research in Comparative and International Education. His work has also been featured on NPR, on the BCC in London, and in the New Yorker. Corsaro serves currently on the editorial boards of Sociological Studies of Children and Youth, Ethnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa, and Psicologia Culturale.


Jaipaul L. Roopnaire is Professor of Child and Family Studies and Director of the Jack Reilly Institute for the Early Childhood and Provider Education at Syracuse University. He also serves as Adjunct Professor of Teaching and Leadership in the School of Education at Syracuse and as Senior Research Scientist at the Family Development and Children’s Research Centre at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. Roopnaire is the author, coauthor, editor, or coeditor of more than a dozen books, including Children and Adolescents Across Cultures; Caribbean Families: Diversity Among Ethnic Groups; and Parent-Child Socialization in Diverse Cultures. He has contributed chapters to more than three dozen books, and his numerous articles have appeared in the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, Journal of Family Psychology, and the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, among others. Roopnaire has lectured internationally and served as a board member and advisor for various organizations including the American Psychological Association and the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Bora Jin is a doctoral candidate in Child and Family Studies at Syracuse University.


Lisa Witherspoon is Assistant Professor and Research Coordinator in the School of Physical Education and Exercise and codirector of the Active Gaming Research Laboratories at the University of South Florida. Her work has appeared in Digital & Cultural Education; Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sports Education; and The International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sports, and Dance Journal of Research. She has lectured internationally and is the managing editor of PE Central’s Active Gaming for Physical Education Teachers webpage. JohnP.Manning has served as Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of South Florida. Previously, he worked as a children’s services manager and as an administrator for the licensing of child-care programs in Massachusetts. His current interests include child-care globalization, the use of medication in preschool settings, and the impact of folk psychology on college students’ perspectives of child development, and he has coauthored articles for Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood and the Journal of Australian Research in Early Childhood Education.