Collectivity, Poetics, and Agency

  • Lise Kjølsrød
Part of the Leisure Studies in a Global Era book series (LSGE)


With the help of three casuistic illustrations, this chapter shows how players come to experience aspects of their games in the light of some destabilizing element in life. Metaphors that emerge are not ‘just interesting images’ but can better be understood as imprints of their concerns, made concrete and accessible in play. The metaphors are not linguistic in form, rather representations giving conceptual shape to some emotionally difficult or cognitively unclear subject matter. The point is not if the images are true or false, nor if they reflect how actors understand things, the point is what they tell about the individual’s and group’s perception of a good scenario. When players’ metaphorical constructions become incorporated into their spoken language; they acquire a narrative structure, and audiences’ way of reading is also narrative in form.


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  • Lise Kjølsrød
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  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Human GeographyUniversity of OsloOsloNorway

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