"Goldman's book is a significant contribution to the anthropological study of play. His examination of Huli play is thorough and includes a unique and systematic examination of naturally occuring play uninfluenced by adult presence. Goldman's book includes an extensive review of the literature, thus allowing the reader the benefit of placing the study within the context of the relatively ignored literature of children's play . . . L. R. Goldman's book will stand out in the literature as a stimulating and noteworthy work." --American Anthropologist
"Goldman's culture, the Huli, is ripe for study, and the analysis offered is excellent... Highly enjoyable.
Child's Play is an excellent addition to the growing number of rich empirical studies of children's lives and peer cultures. It demonstrates the importance of entering children's worlds and gaining their perspectives for understanding childhood and children's socialization in ways "like you can't imagine"." --APA Review of Books
"Makes important theoretical and methodological contributions to the study of children's play . . . Require[s] a concentrated reading, but it is well worth it." --The Association for the Study of Play Newsletter
"Not only should Child's Play be read, the concerns and questions developed in the research should be taken up and carried further. . . .Can serve both as an exemplar and a bridgehead for further cross-cultural studies and interdisciplinary studies." --Anthropology in Action
About the Author
Laurence R. Goldman is at the University of Queensland.