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Drew Chappell
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Please forgive my self promotion.

I've edited a book that is now available called Children Under Construction: Critical Essays on Play as Curriculum. The book as a whole is about the socializing properties of play, whether on a playground, in a school setting, or around a table. My chapter in particular looks at how three board games (The Game of Life, Magic: the Gathering, and Puerto Rico) socialize young people and put forth a kind of ethical stance that players are expected to buy into (or find ways to resist).

BoardGameGeek is cited in the chapter a few times. I don't know whether the community has appeared in other books, but I found it useful to give an indication of the fan community's opinions on the games.

Here is the link to the book entry on Amazon. Please feel free to get in touch if you'd like more information!

http://www.amazon.com/Children-Under-Construction-Critical-C...
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I'd like to read your chapter. Any possibility without buying the book?

Edit: Hey I am a (recent) Harry Potter junkie too!
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Wow, congrats on getting this published. Sounds really interesting!
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manukajoe wrote:
I'd like to read your chapter. Any possibility without buying the book?

Edit: Hey I am a (recent) Harry Potter junkie too!


Simon, send me a GeekMail with your email address and I'll see what I can do.
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Moved to BGG General. Congrats on the publication!
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Thanks for the support, everyone!

Here's a little background on how the book came to be:

I answered a call for book proposals about 3 years ago with the wild idea of collecting various scholars' perspectives on the socializing properties of toys and games. I didn't really expect them to be interested, but they were quite enthusiastic.

Along the way, the book changed to incorporate more kinds of play, and I worked hard to mold the various essays into a cohesive whole. I caught a big break when Jack Zipes agreed to do a foreword for me. It's been a long road, and I don't know how widely the book will be read, but it was certainly a thrill to open the box of author copies with my daughter and show her daddy's first book.
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