‘I get such a feeling out of… those moments’: playwork, passion, politics and space

Russell, Wendy K (2012) ‘I get such a feeling out of… those moments’: playwork, passion, politics and space. International Journal of Play, 1 (1). pp. 51-63. ISSN 2159-4937

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Abstract

This paper offers an analysis of playwork using the triadic spatial analyses of French Marxist philosopher Henri Lefebvre. It explores the way UK playworkers talk about the purpose of their work and how they navigate the dialectics of use and exchange value, control and agency, power and resistance, alienation and authenticity. Part of the dialectic lies in attempts to rationalise activity and the production of space in order to arrive at totalising truths that are expected to lie therein; alongside this other ways of knowing can be found in the playful moments of lived space and these defy representation. The paper concludes by suggesting that an appreciation of playwork spaces as terrains vagues may offer an alternative that co-exists dialectically with rational, planned conceived space and dominant practices in perceived space.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Playwork
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Liberal and Performance Arts > Performance Arts and Play
Research Priority Areas: Sport, Exercise, Health & Wellbeing
Depositing User: Wendy Russell
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2016 15:36
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2016 16:28
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/2951

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