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The Resource From playgrounds to PlayStation : the interaction of technology and play, Carroll Pursell

From playgrounds to PlayStation : the interaction of technology and play, Carroll Pursell

Label
From playgrounds to PlayStation : the interaction of technology and play
Title
From playgrounds to PlayStation
Title remainder
the interaction of technology and play
Statement of responsibility
Carroll Pursell
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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 modes and sites of play. Pursell touches on the safety-conscious playground reform movement, the dazzling mechanical innovations that gave rise to commercial amusement parks, and the media's colorful promotion of toys, pastimes, and sporting events. Along the way, he shows readers how technology enables the forms, equipment, and devices of play to evolve constantly, both reflecting consumer choices and driving innovators and manufacturers to promote toys that involve entirely new kinds of play--from LEGOs and skateboards to beading kits and videogames."--Publisher's description
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Pursell, Carroll W
Dewey number
790
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
GV1201.34
LC item number
.P87 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Games and technology
  • Toys
  • Electronic games
  • Play
  • Recreation
  • Playgrounds
  • Electronic games
  • Games and technology
  • Recreation
  • Toys
  • Spiel
  • Anthropologie
Label
From playgrounds to PlayStation : the interaction of technology and play, Carroll Pursell
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: playing with technology -- Toys for girls and boys -- The safe and rational playground -- From pleasure gardens to fun factories -- The hobbyist -- Games and sports -- Extreme and (sometimes impolite) sports -- Electronic games
Control code
ocn888986066
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
200 pages
Isbn
9781421416502
Lccn
2014031358
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40024799323
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781421416502
  • (OCoLC)888986066
Label
From playgrounds to PlayStation : the interaction of technology and play, Carroll Pursell
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: playing with technology -- Toys for girls and boys -- The safe and rational playground -- From pleasure gardens to fun factories -- The hobbyist -- Games and sports -- Extreme and (sometimes impolite) sports -- Electronic games
Control code
ocn888986066
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
200 pages
Isbn
9781421416502
Lccn
2014031358
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40024799323
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781421416502
  • (OCoLC)888986066

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