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Recess BattlesPlaying, Fighting, and Storytelling$
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Anna R. Beresin

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781604737394

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604737394.001.0001

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The Grown-Ups Giveth, the Grown-Ups Taketh Away

The Grown-Ups Giveth, the Grown-Ups Taketh Away

Misunderstanding Gendered Play

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Recess Battles

Anna R. Beresin

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter explores three games played by the children in the Mill School yard: handball, hopscotch, and the Fighting Game. It notes that all games involve peer negotiation and demonstrate the adults’ misunderstandings of the importance of play. It points out that the games fell under the control of the adults, who could allow, disallow, ignore, or sanction games, which rendered them unplayable by children. Additionally, it shows that children love ball games, and even imagine that they have created them themselves.

Keywords:   games, Mill School yard, adults, ball games, handball, hopscotch, Fighting Game, play

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