The Death of Play in U.S. Culture

in Kinesiology Review

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Douglas R. Anderson
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I argue here that we, as a culture, are allowing physical play and playful movement to die. Following Friedrich Schiller, I argue for the importance of physical play for a liberated life. I call on those in the field of kinesiology to consider revising our cultural habits through the teaching of play not by way of abstract concepts but by way of playful experiences.

The author is with the Dept. of Philosophy, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

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