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Author Laycock, Joseph, 1980-

Title Dangerous games : what the moral panic over role-playing games says about play, religion, and imagined worlds / Joseph P. Laycock
Published Oakland, Calif. : University of California Press, [2015]
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Description 1 online resource (364 pages)
Contents Cover; Contents; Preface. "You Worship Gods from Books!"; Introduction. Fantasy and Reality; PART I. THE HISTORY OF THE PANIC; 1. The Birth of Fantasy Role-Playing Games; 2. Dungeons & Dragons as Religious Phenomenon; 3. Pathways into Madness: 1979-1982; 4. Satanic Panic: 1982-1991; 5. A World of Darkness: 1991-2001; PART II. INTERPRETING THE PANIC; 6. How Role-Playing Games Create Meaning; 7. How the Imagination Became Dangerous; 8. Rival Fantasies; Conclusion. Walking between Worlds
Summary "The 1980s saw the peak of a moral panic over fantasy role-playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons. A coalition of moral entrepreneurs that included the Christian Right, psychologists, and law enforcement claimed these games were not only psychologically dangerous but an occult religion masquerading as a game. Dangerous Games explores both the history and the sociological significance of this panic"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
Online resource; title from PDF title page (Ebsco, viewed Jan. 15, 2015)
Subject Dungeons and Dragons (Game) -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Fantasy games -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Role playing -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0520284917
0520960564 (electronic bk.)
9780520960565 (electronic bk.)