Play, Performance, and Identity

Play, Performance, and Identity

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Play helps define who we are as human beings. However, many of the leisurely/ludic activities people participate in are created and governed by corporate entities with social, political, and business agendas. As such, it is critical that scholars understand and explicate the ideological underpinnings of played-through experiences and how they affect the player/performers who engage in them. This book explores how people play and why their play matters, with a particular interest in how ludic experiences are often constructed and controlled by the interests of institutions, including corporations, non-profit organizations, government agencies, religious organizations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Each chapter explores diverse sites of play. From theme parks to comic conventions to massively-multiplayer online games, they probe what roles the designers of these experiences construct for players, and how such play might affect participants' identities and ideologies. Scholars of performance studies, leisure studies, media studies and sociology will find this book an essential reference when studying facets of play.We were issued a cellphone-like device with a screen that allowed us to see and hear instructions from animated characters ... We noticed that while we were sent to a set of cuckoo clocks to hear a musical clue, another pair of guests in theanbsp;...

Title:Play, Performance, and Identity
Author:Matt Omasta, Drew Chappell
Publisher:Routledge - 2015-02-11


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