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Man, Play and Games
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Univ of Illinois Pr
Publication date September 1, 2001
Pages 208
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780252070334
ISBN-10 025207033X
Dimensions 0.50 by 5.50 by 8 in.
Weight 0.60 lbs.
Original list price $25.00
Other format details university press
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Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Play is "an occasion of pure waste: waste of time, energy, ingenuity, skill, and often of money." It is also an essential element of human social and spiritual development.
In this study, Roger Caillois defines play as a voluntary activity that occurs in a pure space, isolated and protected from the rest of life. Within limits set by rules that provide a level playing field, players move toward an unpredictable outcome by responding to their opponents' actions. Caillois qualifies types of games and ways of playing, from the improvisation characteristic of children's play to the disciplined pursuit of solutions to gratuitously difficult puzzles. He also examines the means by which games become part of daily life, ultimately giving cultures their most characteristic customs and institutions.

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Hardcover
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from Free Pr (December 1, 1961)
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About: According to Roger Caillois, play is an occasion of pure waste.
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With Meyer Barash | Reprint edition from Univ of Illinois Pr (September 1, 2001)
9780252070334 | details & prices | 208 pages | 5.50 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $25.00
About: Play is "an occasion of pure waste: waste of time, energy, ingenuity, skill, and often of money.

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