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The scripted sandbox: children's gameplay and ludic gendering.

Pallitt, Nicola and Marion Walton (2015) The scripted sandbox: children's gameplay and ludic gendering., in Bulfin, Scott and Nicola Johnson, Eds. In Critical perspectives on technology and education, pages 105-126. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

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Does it matter that boys and girls are positioned asymmetrically by digital games and that they stigmatise one another’s play? Through games and play, children engage tactically with gendered meanings and power relationships in their environment. This discussion of children’s digital gameplay at a holiday club in Cape Town draws on feminist approaches to analyse how children ‘do gender’ as they play. Building on these insights into gender performance and playground borderwork the chapter offers a critical perspective on Caillois’s notion of mimicry. It argues for the importance of understanding ‘ludic gendering’ at work in children’s play. Games as gendered systems for play provide scripted digital sandboxes. Here children learn to use gender tactics in fluid if culturally predictable games of identity and power.

EPrint Type:Book Chapter
Subjects:K Computing Milieux: K.4 COMPUTERS AND SOCIETY
ID Code:1011
Deposited By:Walton, Marion
Deposited On:02 April 2015