All in the Game: Families, Peer Groups and Game Playing in the Home

  • Dave Randall


There is, of course, nothing in the slightest bit new about game playing in and around the home. Pieter Breughel’s famous painting, ‘Childrens’ Games’, painted in the 1500s, shows how many and varied the games that were played in the home environs were, albeit with very limited resources in terms of toys or other equipment. Breughel’s painting in fact shows the majority of the games in question being played outside, although whether this has to do with the available technology (mainly sticks), specific household arrangements (e.g. the domestic mode of production), architectural matters or the construction of childhood/ adulthood itself (see e.g. Aries, 1962), remains unclear. Certainly, there is a view that, for whatever reason, gaming is now something that is a more isolated and isolating experience, at least in terms of the physical locality. In this chapter, I seek to understand what both the continuities and discontinuities of game playing might be in the light of the social arrangements of domestic life.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dave Randall
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.University of SiegenSiegenGermany
  2. 2.Manchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK

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