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August 21st 2011

A third paper written by Marc Armitage has been uploaded to the website.

The paper titled, ‘Pretend and imagination on the British school playground: Consistencies in type, structure and place.’ was first written for the International Psychohistorical Convention held in New York (USA), June 1999. The paper explores the pretend play of children at primary schools during their freely-chosen playtimes and maps consistencies in where and how this form of play occurs, and at changes in structure as children get older.

It must be remembered that this was one of the very earliest writings on this type of play I did and my knowldge of it has developed much more since then, and I have frequently written about this topic since. Having said that, it was fun to read it again after a long gap. The psychoanalysts at the conference did not take it too well though: one of the quotes I received from after the event was, “I seriously worry about the state of British children’s collective psyche if this form of play is as common as told.”

Other authors will be published shortly too. Comments and remarks on this paper would be greatly received.

It is planned for to develop into a source of old and hard to find academic work on children and young people, their play and wider social lives. To make comments on this first paper or to offer work for inclusion contact Marc at

To download the paper click the pdf logo below or see the main listings page [here].


‘Pretend and imagination on the British school playground: Consistencies in type, structure and place.’  

Marc Armitage (1999) 4,800 words/12 pages/9 photos







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