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Playdate – "Parents, Children and the New Expectations of Play" - NYU Press Scholarship Online
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Playdate: "Parents, Children and the New Expectations of Play"

Tamara R. Mose


A playdate is an organized meeting where parents come together with their children at a public or private location to interact socially or “play.” Children no longer simply “go out and play,” rather, play is arranged, scheduled, and parentally approved and supervised. This book focuses on the parents of young children in New York City to explore how the shift from spontaneous and child-directed play to managed and adult-arranged playdates reveals the structures of modern parenting and the new realities of childhood. It shows how the playdate has emerged as not just a necessity in terms of secu ... More

Keywords: playdates, parents, children, child's play, New York City, parenting, childhood, good parenting, social relationships, childrearing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780814760512
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814760512.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tamara R. Mose, author
Brooklyn College, City University of New York

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