‘Not running, sir, we’re horses’. Reflections on play and playfulness

FORUM - ISSN 0963-8253
Volume 65 Number 1 (2023)

‘Not running, sir, we’re horses’. Reflections on play and playfulness
David Kazamias pages 114-129
DOI: 10.3898/forum.2023.65.1.14


Play and playfulness have been central to progressive pedagogies since the birth of the kindergarten. Yet their position in many contemporary education discourses is often ambivalent and at times fragile. In the Global North, many critics warn of a ‘play crisis’ and ‘play deficit’. This essay attempts to trace a cultural and intellectual history of play and playfulness throughout the Global North in order to question why their position today seems so precarious. 

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David Kazamias (2023) ‘Not running, sir, we’re horses’. Reflections on play and playfulness, FORUM, 65(1), 114-129. https://doi.org/10.3898/forum.2023.65.1.14

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