Man, Play, and Games

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University of Illinois Press, 1961 - Games - 208 pages
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According to Roger Caillois, play is "an occasion of pure waste: waste of time, energy, ingenuity, skill, and often of money." In spite of this - or because of it - play constitutes an essential element of human social and spiritual development.In this classic study, Caillois defines play as a free and voluntary activity that occurs in a pure space, isolated and protected from the rest of life. Play is uncertain, since the outcome may not be foreseen, and it is governed by rules that provide a level playing field for all participants. In its most basic form, play consists of finding a response to the opponent's action - or to the play situation - that is free within the limits set by the rules.Caillois qualifies types of games - according to whether competition, chance, simulation, or vertigo (being physically out of control) is dominant - and ways of playing, ranging from the unrestricted improvisation characteristic of children's play to the disciplined pursuit of solutions to gratuitously difficult puzzles. Caillois also examines the means by which games become part of daily life and ultimately contribute to various cultures their most characteristic customs and institutions. Presented here in Meyer Barash's superb English translation, Man, Play and Games is a companion volume to Caillois's Man and the Sacred.
  

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User Review  - Shawn - Goodreads

Building off of Johan Huizinga's account (read my review), Roger Caillois, in Man, Play and Games, introduces an expanded and more exhaustive account of play. Huizinga put forward the thesis of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Nelson Zagalo - Goodreads

Obligatory for anyone studying games. Read full review

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Contents

The Definition of Play
3
The Classification of Games
11
The Social Function of Games
37
The Corruption of Games
43
Toward a Sociology Derived from Games
57
Play and Games Variations
69
An Expanded Theory of Games
71
Simulation and Vertigo
81
Competition and Chance
99
Revivals in the Modern World
129
ADDENDA
143
The Importance of Games of Chance
145
Psychological and Mathematical Approaches
161
Notes
177
Index
203
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About the author (1961)

Roger Caillois (1913-1978) was a French social theorist and writer. Claudine Frank is Assistant Professor of French at Barnard College.

Barash was on the faculty of Hofstra College in New York.

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