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Anna Beresin; Julia Bishop;


  • English


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    Play in a COVID Frame

    Everyday Pandemic Creativity in a Time of Isolation

    • Anna Beresin (editor)
    • Julia Bishop (editor)
    During the international coronavirus lockdowns of 2020-2021, millions of children, youth, and adults found their usual play areas out of bounds and their friends out of reach. How did the pandemic restrict everyday play and how did the pandemic offer new spaces and new content? This unique collection of essays documents the ways in which communities around the world harnessed play within the limiting frame of COVID-19.

    Folklorists Anna Beresin and Julia Bishop adopt a multidisciplinary approach to this phenomenon, bringing together the insights of a geographically and demographically diverse range of scholars, practitioners, and community activists. The book begins with a focus on social and physical landscapes before moving onto more intimate portraits of play among the old and young, including coronavirus-themed games and novel toy inventions. Finally, the co-authors explore the creative shifts observed in frames of play, ranging from Zoom screens to street walls.

    This singular chronicle of coronavirus play will be of interest to researchers and students of developmental psychology, childhood studies, education, playwork, sociology, anthropology and folklore, as well as to toy, museum, and landscape designers. This book will also be of help to parents, professional organizations, educators, and urban planners, with a postscript of concrete suggestions advocating for the essential role of play in a post-pandemic world.


    This is a much-needed and valuable publication. The stories that are presented are positive despite the obvious negativity associated with a global pandemic. They are a testament to the resilience of humans and our underlying need for play even during a pandemic. The selection of chapters is genuinely interesting and varied. They foreground some relatively new issues related to conducting research such as ethical clearance when using Facebook, Zoom or Whatsapp and how to represent the voice of the child. Anyone interested in play for learning and enjoyment, the effects of Covid-19 on play, and how communities responded to the pandemic, particularly during the lockdown, will find this publication a fascinating read.

    Giulietta Harrison

    Executive Director for Africa A+ Schools

    Full Review