Man, Play and Games [Roger Caillois] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Play is an occasion of pure waste: waste of time, energy, ingenuity. Building off of Johan Huizinga’s account (read my review), Roger Caillois, in Man , Play and Games, introduces an expanded and more. Essay. Roger Caillois (trans. Meyer Barash), Man, Play and Games (Champaign,. IL: University of Illinois Press, [Originally published as Les jeux et les.

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Like Huizinga, Caillois sees a tendency for a corruption of the values of play in modern society as cailloid as for play to be institutionalised in the structures of society. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I was wrong; I found it to be a mess of mostly pseudo-intellectual blather. Not least, he devotes much space to those mqn where a playful activity may have more than one of these features.

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Among these are make-believe, games, theatre, ritual. Toward a Sociology Derived from Games. Lastly, it is not connected to the achieving of any interest external to play. Each of these can range along an axis from what Paidia to Ludens. Sep 18, Michael Dickson rated it really liked it. Some aspects gamed games, such as addictiveness, humor, or what I’d describe as “the joy of taking things apart to plya how they work” are not well captured gamee this classification.


These are zero-sum games, there is no productive value at all: Jan 12, Diana Ardu rated it really liked it. Email required Address never made public. University of Illinois Press. According to Huizinga, play is a voluntary activity with fixed rules that create a special order residing outside the ordinary pattern of life.

Books by Roger Caillois. Interesting look at playing and games and how they relate to society from a historico-sociologico-anthropological perspective.

Caillois does not argue for either of these claims likely because many people regard them as truismsbut they require, I think, independent justification. Croquet and theatre, crosswords and roulette, waltzing and tightrope walking: Nader Escobar rated it it was amazing Oct 12, By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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His books included works of anthropology, sociology, psychoanalysis, art, and literary criticism. One may then identify what it is that makes these activities distinctive. Not just profit does this, but the bringing in reality in any of various ways can corrupt the play.

The value from a games studies perspective falls off after the beginning, but the whole book is quite readable.

Man, Play and Games

Kristin rated it liked it Jan 05, This page was last edited on 23 Juneat Prior to this book, I did not have any cailloi to social studies on “play”. It also allows him to identify ways in which play or games interact with culture and how play can be corrupted. They are unproductive, as indicated above, because they produce no goods or wealth. Caiillois brings some really eclectic material to the table, including animal psychology and detailed Caillois distinguishes between rule-based games and make-believe.


This is a great complement to Huizinga’s work, and I found Caillois to be a more engaging writer. He divides games into four broad types: It also allows him to identify ways in which play or games interact with culture and how play can be corrupted. Caillois goes on to introduce his definition and influential typology of play. Though in this later presentation, he does tell the reader that these two aspects tend to exclude each other. Caillois goes on to introduce his definition and ciallois typology of play.

A fascinating book by a fascinating intellectual. Sure, I buy that the thrill of acting and pretending that you’re someone that you’re not finds expression both in some games and in social rituals where people where masks or costumes.

Sport may be an opium of the people — but it matters – StuntFM Not just profit does this, but the bringing in reality in any of various ways can llay the play.