Theme Books

The following books are either available in the Augustana Library or as E-Books. If you would like to find more resources relating to the annual theme, please email augustana.reference@ualberta.ca or visit the Library.

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A photo of the book Play

Gintis, Herbert. The Bounds of Reason: Game Theory and the Unification of the Behavioral Sciences. Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 2014. HB 144 G55 2014

Henricks, Thomas S. Play and the Human Condition. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois, 2015. On order

Tierney, William G., Zoë B. Corwin, Tracy Fullerton, and Gisele Ragusa, eds. Postsecondary Play: The Role of Games and Social Media in Higher Education. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014. LB 2395.7 P68 2014. Also available as an Ebook

 

A photo of the book History, Politics, and Economics

van Creveld, Martin. Wargames: From Gladiators to Gigabytes. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. U 310 V327 2013

Dawson, Melanie. Laboring to Play: Home Entertainment and the Spectacle of Middle-Class Cultural Life, 1850-1920. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2005. GV 53 D39 2005

Dichter, Heather L., and Andrew L. Johns, eds. Diplomatic Games: Sport, Statecraft, and International Relations since 1945. Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky, 2014. GV 706.35 D57 2014. Also available as an Ebook

Massumi, Brian. What Animals Teach Us about Politics. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2014. QL 775 M374 2014. Also available as an Ebook

Ogata, Amy Fumiko. Designing the Creative Child: Playthings and Places in Midcentury America. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2013. HQ 792 U5 O39 2013

Palacios-Huerta, Ignacio. Beautiful Game Theory: How Soccer Can Help Economics. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2014. HB 74 P8 P27 2014. Also available as an Ebook

 

A photo of the book Psychology and Sociology

Bateson, Patrick, and Paul Martin. Play, Playfulness, Creativity and Innovation. Cambridge: Cambridge Univeristy Press, 2013. BF 717 B28 2013

Brown, Stuart L. Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul. New York: Avery, 2009. BF 717 B76 2009

Giddings, Seth. Gameworlds: Virtual Media and Children's Everyday Play. New York: Bloomsbury, 2014. GV 1469.34 S52 G53 2014. Also available as an Ebook.

Kaminski, Marek M. Games Prisoners Play: The Tragicomic Worlds of Polish Prison. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2004. HV 9715.7 K3 2004

Pellegrini, Anthony D. The Role of Play in Human Development. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. BF 717 P45 2009

Schousboe, Ivy, and Ditte Winther-Lindqvist, eds. Children's Play and Development: Cultural-Historical Perspectives. New York: Springer, 2013. Ebook

 

A photo of the book Fine Arts and Literature

Brody, Jennifer DeVere. Punctuation: Art, Politics, and Play. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2008. PE 1450 B724 2008. Also available as an Ebook

Carlson, Marvin. Speaking in Tongues: Languages at Play in the Theatre. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2009. PN 1650 L34 C37 2009

Cheng, William. Sound Play: Video Games and the Musical Imagination. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. GV 1469.3 C495 2014. Also available as an Ebook

Chwe, Michael Suk-Young. Jane Austen, Game Theorist. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2013. PR 4038 G36 C49 2013

Margulis, Elizabeth Hellmuth. On Repeat: How Music Plays the Mind. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. ML 3877 M37 2014

Siebert, Monika. Indians Playing Indian: Multiculturalism and Contemporary Indigenous Art in North America. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2015. E 98 A73 S54 2015

 

A photo of the book Philosophy and Religion

Droogers, A. F. Play and Power in Religion: Collected Essays. Boston: De Gruyter, 2012. BL 65 P6 D76 2012. Also available as an Ebook

Laycock, Joseph F. Dangerous Games: What the Moral Panic over Role-Playing Games Says about Play, Religion, and Imagined Worlds. Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2015. GV 1469.6 L395 2015

Leibovitz, Liel. God in the Machine: Video Games as Spiritual Pursuit. West Conshohocken, PA: Templeton Press, 2013. BL 255.5 L45 2013

Mattice, Sarah A. Metaphor and Metaphilosophy: Philosophy as Combat, Play, and Aesthetic Experience. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2014. B 53 M363 2014

Nowak, Martin A., and Sarah Coakley, eds. Evolution, Games, and God: The Principle of Cooperation. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2013. QH 360.5 E965 2013

 

A photo of the book Sports and Physical Education

Brookey, Robert Alan, and Thomas P. Oates, eds. Playing to Win: Sports, Video Games, and the Culture of Play. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2015. GV 1469.34 S52 B76 2015

D'agati, Philip A. Nationalism on the world Stage: Cultural Performance at the Olympic Games.  Lanham: University Press of America, 2011. GV 706.34 D34 2011

Messner, Michael A. Out of Play: Critical Essays on Gender and Sport. Albany:  State University of New York Press, 2007. GV 706.5 M46 2007

Skolnikoff,  Jessica,  and Robert Engvall. Young Athletes, Couch Potatoes, and Helicopter Parents: The Productivity of Play. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014. GV 709.2 S495 2013. Also available as an Ebook

 

A photo of the book Science and Technology

Hooft, G. 't. Playing with Planets. Singapore: World Scientific, 2008. Ebook

Mead, Corey. War Play: Video Games and the Future of Armed Conflict. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. U 310 M45 2013

Pursell, Carroll. From Playgrounds to PlayStation: The Interaction of Technology and Play. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015. GV 1201.34 P87 2015