The Work of Play

The Work of Play : Child Psychotherapy in Contemporary Korea

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The Work of Play is an anthropological ethnography of children's play therapy that examines the experiences of a group of female therapists who implemented new psychotherapeutic programs in South Korea. Drawing from the anthropology of childhood, medical anthropology, the anthropology of play, and East Asian studies, this book explores how therapists articulate expertise, community, and livelihood in contemporary more

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  • Hardback | 138 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 362.87g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739183028
  • 9780739183021

About Sheena Nahm

Sheena Nahm, PhD, is a cultural anthropologist with an interdisciplinary health sciences and social sciences background. She works with families in low-income urban areas of Los Angeles while also teaching courses in health, culture, and social change for The New more

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Sheena Nahm's study of play therapy in South Korea engages theories of transnational cultural production through a focus on circuits of professional knowledge. Her subject matter draws readers into a world where the problems of childhood stress are addressed by anxious mothers and psychological professionals, adapting, translating and transforming understandings of gender, family, and the cost/benefit of economic development. -- Laura C. Nelson, University of California, Berkeleyshow more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Chapter 1: How Play Works Chapter 2: Between Stigma and Demand Chapter 3: Alternative Legitimacy Chapter 4: Achieving Intuition Chapter 5: A Good-Enough Proposal Chapter 6: Disrupting Flows Chapter 7: What Play Proposes Bibliography Index About the Authorshow more