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The people in the playground / Iona Opie.

Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at Berklee College of Music.

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0 current holds with 1 total copy.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Holdable? Status Due Date
Library Reserve Desk GR475.O65 P46 1993 37684001103731 Library Reserve Desk Not holdable Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 0198112653
  • ISBN: 9780198112655
  • Physical Description: ix, 240 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Publisher: Oxford ; Oxford University Press, 1993.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Faculty reserve.
Material for LMAS-352 (Heyman).
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary, etc.:
For nearly forty years Iona Opie worked with her late husband Peter on a notable series of books on the traditional lore of childhood. As part of the fieldwork from 1970 onwards, she visited the local school playground every week. The children accepted Mrs Opie as a regular feature of the playground, a harmless collector of jokes and games. Her aim, however, was to provide the living context of school-lore, rather than the lore itself. She achieved this by writing down events exactly as they happened, and conversations exactly as they were spoken. The result is a startlingly honest portrait of children at play, at once charming and hilarious, alarming and poignant, and full of infectious vitality. We see the games seasons as they come and go, watch ephemeral amusements being devised and forgotten, and see how school-lore evolves and is transmitted. Much fundamental human behaviour is recorded: the differences in attitudes between the sexes; the boys' irrevocable devotion to fighting and football, and their innate kindness; the art of story-telling; the friendships and enmities; the excited interest in sex; the diversity of characters; and, above all, the hilarity which pervades the playground, creating entertainment out of trivialities. In the uninhibited language and astonishing inventiveness chronicled in these pages we recognize the games and jokes of previous generations; at once a revelation and a reassurance of continuity, this book offers a unique insight into the world of the child.
Action Note:
Finite 2017
Subject: Children > Folklore.
Children > Great Britain > Folklore.
Games > Great Britain.
Children > Great Britain > Social life and customs.

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