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14 August 2018
Phenomenology & Existentialism; Sociology: sport & leisure
To understand play, we need a bottom-up phenomenology of play. This phenomenology highlights the paradox that it is the players who play the game, but it is also the game which makes us players. Yet what is it that plays us, when we play? Do we play the game, or does the game play us? These questions concern the relation between the playing subject and play as something larger than the individual - play as craft, play as rhythm, play between normality and otherness, even play as religion, as a sense of spiritual play between self and other.

This goes deeper than the welfare-political or educational intention to make people play or play more, or to advise individuals to play in a correct and useful way. Exploring topics such as identity, otherness, and disability, as well as activities including skiing, yoga, dance and street sport, this interdisciplinary study continues the work of the late Henning Eichberg and sheds new light on the questions that play at the borders of philosophy, anthropology, and the sociology of sport and leisure.

Play in Philosophy and Social Thought is a fascinating resource for students of philosophy of sport, cultural studies, sport sciences and anthropological studies. It is also a thought-provoking read for sport and play philosophers, sociologists, anthropologists, cultural studies scholars, and practitioners working with play.
By:   Henning Eichberg (University of Southern Denmark)
Edited by:   Signe Larsen (Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics University of Southern Denmark)
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   476g
ISBN:   9781138322363
ISBN 10:   1138322369
Pages:   266
Publication Date:   14 August 2018
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Henning Eichberg was a Historian, Cultural Sociologist, and Philosopher. As Professor Emeritus at the University of Southern Denmark, he worked in the Centre for Sports, Health and Civil Society at the Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics. Signe Hojbjerre Larsen is Associate Professor at the Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics at the University of Southern Denmark. Her research focus is on parkour, play, body culture, lifestyle sports, sociology and philosophy of sport.

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