Play for Life: Play Theory and Play as Emotional Survival

Play for Life: Play Theory and Play as Emotional Survival is an edited compilation that contains, among other features, the final book-length manuscript of Brian Sutton-Smith, preeminent play scholar of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The book is compiled and edited by Charles Lamar Phillips and three members of The Strong’s American Journal of Play editorial team: G. Rollie Adams, Scott Eberle, and Patricia Hogan. It includes a foreword by Thomas Henricks, professor at Elon University and one of the nation’s most prominent play theorists.
Play for Life: Play Theory and Play as Emotional Survival includes an autobiographical examination of Sutton-Smith’s career (first published in The Strong’s American Journal of Play) and a complete bibliography of Sutton-Smith’s authored, coauthored, edited, and coedited books, chapters of books, and articles. In the section “Play as Emotional Survival,” Sutton-Smith presents the thesis that play is a response to six fundamental emotions—surprise, fear, anger, disgust, happiness, and sadness.

Play for Life: Play Theory and Play as Emotional Survival is an edited compilation that contains, among other features, the final book-length manuscript of Brian Sutton-Smith, preeminent play scholar of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The book is compiled and edited by Charles Lamar Phillips and three members of The Strong’s American Journal of Play editorial team: G. Rollie Adams, Scott Eberle, and Patricia Hogan. It includes a foreword by Thomas Henricks, professor at Elon University and one of the nation’s most prominent play theorists.
Play for Life: Play Theory and Play as Emotional Survival includes an autobiographical examination of Sutton-Smith’s career (first published in The Strong’s American Journal of Play) and a complete bibliography of Sutton-Smith’s authored, coauthored, edited, and coedited books, chapters of books, and articles. In the section “Play as Emotional Survival,” Sutton-Smith presents the thesis that play is a response to six fundamental emotions—surprise, fear, anger, disgust, happiness, and sadness.

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