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From Playgrounds to Playstation
Author: Carroll Pursell

ISBN: 9781421416502
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 19 March 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.0 x 1.5
Description:
In this romp through the changing landscape of nineteenth- and twentieth-century American toys, games, hobbies, and amusements, senior historian of technology Carroll Pursell poses a simple but interesting question: What can we learn by studying the relationship between technology and play?

From Playgrounds to PlayStation explores how play reflects and drives the evolution of American culture. Pursell engagingly examines the ways in which technology affects play and play shapes people. The objects that children (and adults) play with and play on, along with their games and the hobbies they pursue, can reinforce but also challenge gender roles and cultural norms. Inventors-who often talk about "playing" at their work, as if motivated by the pure fun of invention-have used new materials and technologies to reshape sports and gameplay, sometimes even crafting new, extreme forms of recreation, but always responding to popular demand.

Drawing from a range of sources, including scholarly monographs, patent records, newspapers, and popular and technical journals, the book covers numerous mod...

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