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Author Opie, Iona, 1923-2017.

Title The people in the playground / Iona Opie
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1993


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  398.088054 Opi/Pit  AVAILABLE
Description ix, 240 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Summary "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."--BOOK JACKET
Analysis Children's games
Children's games
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Children -- Folklore.
Children -- Great Britain -- Folklore.
Children -- Great Britain -- Social life and customs.
Games -- Great Britain.
Genre/Form Drama.
LC no. 93032898
ISBN 0192853015 (paperback)