Recess Battles

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“An unforgettable exploration of the critical role of play and the gap in perception between adults and children.”
-The University Press of Mississippi

As children wrestle with culture through their games, recess itself has become a battleground for the control of children’s time. Based on dozens of interviews and the observation of over a thousand children in a racially integrated, working-class public school, Recess Battles is a moving reflection of urban childhood at the turn of the millennium. Read more

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About the Author

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Anna R. Beresin is a professor of liberal arts at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her books includeThe Art of Play: Recess and the Practice of Invention and Recess Battles: Playing, Fighting, and Storytelling. Recess Battles won the Iona and Peter Opie Prize in Children’s Folklore from the American Folklore Society. She has contributed to Children Under Construction: Critical Essays on Play as Curriculum, The Cultural Shaping of Violence, and Children’s Folklore: A Source Book. Her articles have appeared in the journals Anthropology and Education Quarterly, the Children’s Folklore Review, and she is a regular contributor to the International Journal of Play. She enjoys really bad puns.

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