Play with Weapons from the Perspective of 7-10 Year Boys.
We approach the topic from the viewpoint of children as active agents of socialization and play. We want to know what is the role of weapons in the boys’ lifeworld today.
What do boys know about weapons and their use in general? Which feelings are related to weapons? What is the significance of weapon handling skill? Which toy weapons are used in play? What are the rules and restrictions of using them in play? What is the preferred content of games with weapons? What are the role models and examples for using weapons? How is play with weapons regulated by adults and how is this regulation perceived by children? How do children perceive risks related to weapons?
Our study focuses on the meaning of weapons among children. Empirical material is based on group interviews with Estonian 7-10 years old boys in 2015. We use projective technique of drawing a weapon as a tool for catalyzing group discussion and for eliciting accounts of the playing practice. Complementary information from the parents enables to contextualize our findings.