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In American society, the concepts of "leisure" and "play" usually have been defined in opposition to the idea of "work." Yet as Dutch historian Johan Huizinga argued in his pathbreaking study Homo Ludens, the relationship between work and play is more complicated than this simple dichotomy suggests. Understood as a state of mind rather than as an activity, play can make the most challenging task relaxing, even joyful. At the same time, the pursuit of leisure can be serious business indeed.
Hard at Play is a collection of original essays that examine the role of leisure in American culture from the antebellum period to World War II. Encompassing a variety of disciplinary approaches, the pieces cover a wide range of topics, from roller skating and riflery to photography and "free play." Some of the essays explore how the upper and middle classes established boundaries around "appropriate" forms of recreation in order to distance themselves from the working class. Others demonstrate how gender and ethnicity circumscribed leisure pursuits. Still other essays document the transition of both individuals and families from a posed and formal social life to a more relaxed, candid, and intimate domestic world.
The book includes more than 100 illustrations, as well as a glossary of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century games and pastimes.
About the Author:
Kathryn Grover is an independent researcher, writer, and editor.
Buchbeschreibung University of Massachusetts Press, 1992. Buchzustand: Good. First. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Buchnummer des Verkäufers GRP9441587
Buchbeschreibung University of Massachusetts Press, 1992. Buchzustand: Good. First. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Buchnummer des Verkäufers GRP94211598
Buchbeschreibung University of Massachusetts Press, 1992. Buchzustand: Good. First. Ships from Reno, NV. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Buchnummer des Verkäufers GRP94956824
Buchbeschreibung Buchzustand: Good. Book Condition: Good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 97808702379284.0
Buchbeschreibung University of Massachusetts Press 1992-09, 1992. Hardback. Book Very good condition. Very good lightly edgeworn dust jacket. ISBN: 0870237926. Buchnummer des Verkäufers J923144
Buchbeschreibung The University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst, Mass, 1992. Hardcover. Buchzustand: VG-. Chocolate cloth, pink & illus. dust jacket, 262 pp., BW illus. A collection of 12 essays on the topic: Introduction: Are We Having Fun Yet? / Katherine C. Grier -- Recreation in a Christian America: Ocean Grove and Asbury Park, New Jersey, 1869-1914 / Glenn Uminowicz -- "The Germans Take Care of Our Celebrations": Middle-Class Americans Appropriate German Ethnic Culture in Buffalo in the 1850s / David A. Gerber -- Roller-skating toward Industrialism / Dwight W. Hoover -- American angling: The Rise of Urbanism and the Romance of the Rod and Reel / Colleen J. Sheehy -- "Another Branch of Manly Sport": American Rifle Games, 1840-1900 / Russell S. Gilmore -- A Room with a Viewer: The Parlor Stereoscope, Comic Stereographs, and the Psychic Role of Play in Victorian America / Shirley Wajda -- Ladies of Leisure: Domestic Photography in the Nineteenth Century / Madelyn Moeller -- Children's Play in American Autobiographies, 1820-1914 / Bernard Mergen -- Fox and Geese in the School Yard : Play and America's Country Schools, 1870-1940 / Andrew Gulliford -- The Natural Limits of Unstructured Play, 1880-1914 / Donald J. Mrozek. Still remains a hot topic today. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 142781
Buchbeschreibung Rochester, New York, U.S.A.: Margaret Woodbury Strong Mus, 1992. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good. Hardcover, glossy dustjacket without folds or tears, now in protective mylar cover. 262 pages, no markings or writing. Binding squarea and tight. Buchnummer des Verkäufers NA-613
Buchbeschreibung Buchzustand: Good. Hard at Play: Leisure in America, 1840-1940. Buchnummer des Verkäufers Grb1001964
Buchbeschreibung Margaret Woodbury Strong Museum / University of Massachusetts Press, 1992. Cloth. Buchzustand: Fine - As New. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Fine. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 22812
Buchbeschreibung University of Massachusetts Press. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Fine. 0870237926 Like New Condition. Buchnummer des Verkäufers LN6.3233724