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Created: April 4, 2003
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Site Copyright: Jeanne Curran and Susan R. Takata and Individual Authors, April 2003.
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On Thursday April 3, 2003, Lori Schuett wrote:

Hello Jean,,br> I am writing an article for a 50+ magazine about the importance of play for seniors. I have profiled a magician and a female clown as part of the story and would like some more academic info about why is important for this age group.
I would appreciate any help you can offer.
thank you so much,
Lori Schuett

On Friday, April 4, 2003, jeanne responded:

Hi, have husband at home today, but will get back to you soon. My work revolves around the imaginary and its contribution to understanding the Other. Playing keeps the imaginary alive, and also helps with building dyadic relationships that matter in keeping social ties. Feel free to nag me if I accidentally forget. I've got five kids working on theses and they're making me crazy.

Discussion Questions

  1. Can you come up with the name of a sociologist who emphasized the importance of play?