Play, Games and Interaction: the Contexts of Childhood Socialization

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Classical and contemporary theories of childhood play are reviewed and evaluated. A symbolic interactionist conception of play, games, work, and socialization is offered. Naturalistic data drawn from the observation of children ages three to eight years are presented to support a processual model of socialization and interaction in early childhood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)458-478
Number of pages21
JournalSociological Quarterly
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 1975

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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