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ERIC Number: EJ1220280
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1938-0399
Children's Play in the Shadow of War
Feldman, Daniel
American Journal of Play, v11 n3 p288-307 Spr 2019
The author demonstrates that war places children's play under acute stress but does not eliminate it. He argues that the persistence of children's play and games during periods of armed conflict reflects the significance of play as a key mode for children to cope with conditions of war. Episodes of children's play drawn from the recent Syrian Civil War illustrate the precariousness and importance of children's play and games during contemporary armed conflict and focus attention on children's play as a disregarded casualty of war. The article compares the state of underground children's play in contemporary Syria with the record of clandestine games played by children in the Holocaust to substantiate its claim that children adapt their play to concretize and comprehend traumatic wartime experience. The article posits that play is both a target of war and a means of therapeutically contending with mass violence.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Syria