‘Playing sport playfully’: on the playful attitude in sport

Mareš, Lukáš and Ryall, Emily S ORCID: 0000-0002-6050-4353 (2021) ‘Playing sport playfully’: on the playful attitude in sport. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 48 (2). pp. 293-306. doi:10.1080/00948705.2021.1934689

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Abstract

There has been extensive debate among various disciplines about the nature and value of play. From these discussions it seems clear that play is a phenomenon with more than just one dimension: as a specific type of activity, as a form or structure, as an ontologically distinctive phenomenon, as a type of experience, or as a stance or an attitude towards a particular activity. This article focuses on the importance of the playful attitude in sport. It begins by attempting to describe the underpinning features of a playful attitude, and its relation to Suits’ lusory attitude and the concept of gamification. Finally, it considers and critically evaluates the relationship between play and sport and the importance of the playful attitude in sporting activities. The purpose of this paper is a far deeper analysis of the playful attitude and its relationship to sport than has been previously provided, and a more precise definition as to what the playful attitude is. This will ultimately help to answer questions about the value of sport and how sport ought to be played.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of the Philosophy of Sport on 2nd June 2021, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00948705.2021.1934689.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Philosophy of sport; Sport psychology; Play; Game; Playful attitude; Being in the game; Good sport
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Sport and Exercise > Sports Leadership, Education & Society
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Rhiannon Goodland
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2021 09:17
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2021 12:45
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/9855

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