Sociological Aspects of Children's Play Activity

Monday, 11 July 2016: 16:00-17:30
Location: Übungsraum 4A KS (Neues Institutsgebäude (NIG))
RC53 Sociology of Childhood (host committee)

Language: English

Play of children is not only a way to investigate new horizons; it is the way to establish a better future and a better world for our children.
Everybody knows that every child has the right to play. When the child plays, he/she gets real social experience which means receiving corresponding emotions, learning to cope with problems, investigating the social world, learning to cooperate with other people and do something with different objects. When there is no playing, there is fear. If there is fear there will not be normal socialization, productive learning and creation of something new. 
Worldwide programs, competitions, campaigns show that educational services and the “large industry working for childhood” need sociological researches. We will be able to understand which educational programs work well, what problems children have and understand the social and philosophical sense of play activity. Sociological researches can contribute for children to feel that their voices are heard. 
In this session the following topics will be brought into the conversation:

  • How play can be defined in sociology (theoretical aspects of play)?
  • What sociologists can “contribute” in children’s play?
  • What is the role of children as agents in play?
  • How sociological aspects of play can influence children’s education?
  • How play can become the basis for a better world for our children?
  • How the right to play is realized in different countries?
Session Organizer:
Maria SIBIREVA, St. Petersburg State University, Russia
Maria SIBIREVA, N/A, Russia
Geographies of Children's Play in the Context of Neoliberal Restructuring in Istanbul
Bengi SULLU, University College London - Graduate, United Kingdom
Play with Weapons from the Perspective of 7-10 Year Boys.
Arno BALTIN, Tallinn University, Estonia; Maaris RAUDSEPP, Tallinn University, Estonia
Children Play Activity in Russia: Coexistence of the New and Traditional Types of Playing
Antonina NOSKOVA, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University), Russia; Elena KUZMINA, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University), Russia