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Young Athletes, Couch Potatoes, and Helicopter Parents: The Productivity of Play
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Young Athletes, Couch Potatoes, and Helicopter Parents: The Productivity of Play (Hardback)

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This book addresses a variety of topics regarding the nature of "play" in our society. It takes a close look at the concept of "helicopter parenting" and the impact that hyper-involved parents have upon the play of their children. It also examines how kids are chosen for various sports team, the lack of unstructured play, specialized sports, and our hyper-competitive society. This book addresses the structural and cultural issues around the changing role of play and the way in which kids sports are viewed in our society today.

Health & WellbeingAdvice on the stages of lifeParentingPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSociologySociology: sport & leisureSport & HobbiesSports & outdoor recreationSports training & coachingSports psychology Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publication Date: 11/12/2013 ISBN-13: 9781442229792  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Jessica Skolnikoff is professor of anthropology at Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI. Her research interests focus upon youth and physical activity level, the role that sports play within the lives of college students, and marginalization issues for individuals with learning disabilities. Robert Engvall is professor of justice studies at Roger Williams University, in Bristol, RI. He has previously published in the areas of race, gender, professionalization, corporatization, and other socialization issues. Engvall's books include Corporatization of Higher Education: The Move for Greater Standardized Assessment Programs (2010), Academic Identity: Race, Place, and Gender in Higher Education (2003), All That Appears Isn't Necessarily So: Morality, Virtue, Politics, and Education (1998), and The Professionalization of Teaching: Is it Truly Much Ado About Nothing? (1997). Dr. Skolnikoff and Dr. Engvall have both been awarded Roger Williams University's Dr. Mark Gould Award for Commitment to Student Learning.

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