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Recess Battles: Playing, Fighting, and Storytelling

Anna R. Beresin


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, this book is a reflection of urban childhood at the turn of the millennium. It debunks myths about recess violence and challenges the notion that school yard play is a waste of time. The author videotaped and recorded children of the Mill School in Philadelphia from 1991 to 2004 and asked them to offer comments as they watched themselv ... More

Keywords: children, games, recess, urban childhood, school yard play, adult power, class, race, ethnicity, gender

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9781604737394
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604737394.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anna R. Beresin, author