Research Topic

play and access

Access to play is inequitably distributed along intersectional identities of race, gender, sexuality, class, disability, and citizenship. Children are born into specific childhoods and conditions, mediated by how their identities limit, surveil, and narrow the possibilities of playful experiences. Therefore, the opportunities to play are not available to all children across social, cultural, and political circumstances. This research topic highlights research that explores the inequities in relationship to play: Who gets to play? How is play read across different identities? Who can access resources, time, space, and flexibility for play?