Toys and Communication

  • Luísa Magalhães
  • Jeffrey Goldstein

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Toys and Communication. Preliminary Issues

  3. Language Development

  4. Toys, Culture and Communication

  5. Toy Design and Play Spaces

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 233-233
    2. Luísa Magalhães
      Pages 235-253
    3. Lieselotte van Leeuwen, Mathieu Gielen
      Pages 255-274
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 301-309

About this book


There are few scholarly books about toys, and even fewer that consider toys within the context of culture and communication. Toys and Communication is an innovative collection that effectively showcases work by specialists who have sought to examine toys throughout history and in many cultures, including 1930’s Europe, Morocco, India, Spanish art of the 16th-19th centuries. Psychologists stress the importance of the role of toys and play in children’s language development and intellectual skills, and this book demonstrates the recurrent theme of the transmission of cultural norms through the portrayal, presentation and use of toys. The text establishes the role of toy and play park design in eliciting particular forms of play, as well as stressing the child’s use of toys to ‘become’ more adult. It will be beneficial for courses in education, developmental psychology, communications, media studies, and toy design.


Communication Toys Children Toy Design Language Play Culture Development Developmental Psychology Education Media Studies

Editors and affiliations

  • Luísa Magalhães
    • 1
  • Jeffrey Goldstein
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Philosophy and Social ScienesCatholic University of PortugalBragaPortugal
  2. 2.Institute for Cultural InquiryUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands

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