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  • The Playful Crowdby Gary Cross; John K. Walton

    Columbia University Press 2005; US$ 59.99

    During the first part of the twentieth century thousands of working-class New Yorkers flocked to Coney Island in search of a release from their workaday lives and the values of bourgeois society. On the other side of the Atlantic, British workers heade more...

  • Evolutionary Playworkby Bob Hughes

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 57.95

    Play is a crucial component in the development of all children. In this fully updated and revised edition of his classic playwork text, Bob Hughes explores the complexities of children?s play, its meaning and purpose, and argues that adult-free play is essential for the psychological well-being of the child. The book is divided into fourteen chapters... more...

  • The Immersive Worlds Handbookby Scott Lukas

    CRC Press 2012; US$ 48.95

    Scott Lukas, famed industry expert on designing themed spaces, brings you a book that focuses on the imaginative world of themed, immersive and consumer spaces. Whether or not you are involved in designing a theme park, cultural museum, shop, or other entertainment space, you will benefit from the insider tips, experiences, and techniques highlighted... more...

  • Older Adults With Developmental Disabilities and Leisureby Ted Tedrick

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 47.95

    If you work with older adults who are developmentally disabled and are seeking ways to incorporate exercise, arts activities, and other activities into your program, this is the book for you! Older Adults With Developmental Disabilities and Leisure will help you improve your ability to instruct exercise and other fitness activities and, at the same... more...

  • Recreation for the Disabled Childby Donna Bernhardt Bainbridge

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 54.95

    This valuable book deals with the recreation activities for the disabled, including skiing, horseback riding, running, camping, water sports, and team sports. Experts examine competitive spirit, training, and the psychological benefits of recreational activities for the disabled child. Program development, evaluation, and instruction are discussed. more...

  • Renaissance Festivalsby Kimberly Tony Korol-Evans

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2009; US$ 35.00

    This ethnographic study of contemporary American Renaissance fairs focuses on the Maryland Renaissance Festival, in which participants recreate sixteenth-century England through performances of theater, combat-at-arms, processions, street hawking, and meticulously faithful historical reconstructions. It is also partly an autobiographical account of... more...

  • Disney & His Worldsby Alan Bryman

    Taylor and Francis 2003; US$ 53.95

    This work provides an overview of the Disney organization, in particular the theme parks and their significance for contemporary culture. The author examines topics such as Walt Disney's life and how his biography has been constructed, the Disney Company in the years after his death and various writings about the Disney theme parks. He raises important... more...

  • The Kid of Coney Islandby Woody Register

    Oxford University Press 2001; US$ 34.99

    A generation before Walt Disney, Fred Thompson was the "boy-wonder" of American popular amusements. At the turn of the 20th century, Thompson's entrepreneurial drive made him into an entertainment mogul who helped to define the popular culture of his day. In this lively biography, cultural historian Woody Register tells the remarkable story of Thompson... more...

  • Electric Dreamlandby Lauren Rabinovitz

    Columbia University Press 2012; US$ 29.99

    More than two thousand amusement parks dotted the American landscape in the early twentieth century, thrilling the general public with the latest in entertainment and motion picture technology. Amusement parks were the playgrounds of the working class, combining numerous, mechanically-based spectacles into one unique, modern cultural phenomenon. Lauren... more...

  • Walt's Utopiaby Priscilla Hobbs

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2015; US$ 55.00

    The "Happiest Place On Earth" opened in 1955 during a trying time in American life--the Cold War. Disneyland was envisioned as a utopian resort where families could play together and escape the tension of the "real world." Since its construction, the park has continually been updated to reflect changing American culture. The park's... more...