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dc.contributor.author Malaby, Thomas M. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-06-17T20:45:24Z en_US
dc.date.available 2010-06-17T20:45:24Z en_US
dc.date.issued 2007 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Malaby, Thomas M. 2007. Beyond Play: A New Approach to Games. Games and Culture 2(2): 95-113. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1555-4120 en_US
dc.identifier.other Former Mana'o EPrint ID99 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10524/1603 en_US
dc.description Refereed en_US
dc.description.abstract Games have intruded into popular, academic, and policymaker awareness to an unprecedented level, and this creates new opportunities for advancing our understanding of the relationship of games to society. I therefore offer here a new approach to games that stresses them as characterized by process. Games, I argue, are domains of contrived contingency, capable of generating emergent practices and interpretations, and are intimately connected with everyday life to a degree heretofore poorly understood. This approach is both consistent with a range of existing social theory and avoids many of the limitations that have characterized much games scholarship to date, in particular its tendency toward unsustainable formalism and exceptionalism. Rather than seeing gaming as a subset of play, and therefore as an activity that is inherently separable, safe, and pleasurable, I offer here a rethinking of games as social artifacts in their own right that are always in the process of becoming. This view both better accords with the experience of games by participants cross-culturally and bears the weight of the new questions being asked about games and about society. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Ethics and Values Studies in the Science & Society Program en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Center for 21st Century Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee en_US
dc.publisher SAGE en_US
dc.relation http://gac.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/2/2/95 en_US
dc.relation http://ssrn.com/abstract=922456 en_US
dc.relation 10.1177/1555412007299434 en_US
dc.subject games en_US
dc.subject play en_US
dc.subject process en_US
dc.subject contingency en_US
dc.subject social artifacts en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Ethnology en_US
dc.title Beyond Play: A New Approach to Games en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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