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Recruitments, engagements and partitions: managing participation in play

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posted on 12.02.2021, 14:17 by Carly Butler, Rebecca Duncombe, Carolynne MasonCarolynne Mason, Rachel SandfordRachel Sandford
This paper examines the social practices children use to manage participation in play activities. It is part of wider research looking at children’s physical activity in play, and is interested in the role of social interaction in shaping active play. The focus in this article is on how children get others to take part in play they have initiated, and how the inclusion and exclusion of particular children is managed. The data examined is video-recordings of children’s play with toys and boxes. Children were 7-8 years old and played in groups of four in a school setting. Drawing on a conversation analytic approach, the analysis identifies three interactional strategies used to manage the participation of other children in play: recruitments, engagements and partitions. We discuss the design and use of these strategies within the play activity. The paper contributes to studies of children’s play interaction, and considers how greater understanding of social practices can contribute to understandings of children’s physical activity in play. Implications of the research for interventions aimed at encouraging active play are discussed.

Funding

The authors gratefully acknowledge the support and funding from the British Toy and Hobby Association.

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  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

International Journal of Play

Volume

5

Issue

1

Pages

47-63

Citation

BUTLER, C.W. et al., 2016. Recruitments, engagements and partitions: managing participation in play. International Journal of Play, 5(1), pp.47-63.

Publisher

© Taylor & Francis

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

15/04/2015

Publication date

2016-03-15

Copyright date

2016

ISSN

2159-4937

eISSN

2159-4953

Language

en