Feb 25, 2021
This recording is the fifth part of a multi-part episode on
Professor David Lancy's book The Anthropology of
In this episode, we look at the nature and role of play in
children's lives, including questions such as:
- In societies without many material possessions, what do
children play with? Are there any toys?
- What kind of games do children play? How does this vary from
culture to culture?
- What commonalities are there in play behaviour between humans
and other animals, and across human societies? Why do human
societies, and animal species, vary in their play behaviour in the
way they do?
- In what way is play an evolutionary adaptation? What is the
"purpose" of play, biologically speaking?
- How do adult attitudes to play vary across cultures?
- How does play influence children's development?
- What implications are there for education more broadly?
Enjoy the episode.