The Privilege of Play: A History of Hobby Games, Race, and Geek Culture

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New York University Press
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5.9 X 8.9 X 0.8 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author
Aaron Trammell is Assistant Professor of Informatics and Core Faculty in Visual Studies at UC Irvine and author of Repairing Play: A Black Phenomenology. He is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Analog Games Studies and was an honoree of the hobby game industry's prestigious Diana Jones Award.
"In this timely and important book, Aaron Trammell explores not just today's growing board game community, but its longer, more complex, and problematic genealogies and historiographies. The hobbyists from which the modern board game community developed--the train enthusiasts, the sci-fi authors, the war gamers, the role players--have strong ties through to today. And while the communities have offered safe spaces for some marginalized groups, they also participated in racist and class-based segregation. With his practiced analytical skills and detailed eye for nuance, Trammell never lets one narrative dominate, telling a refined, three- dimensional story about the development of hobby board games. Play is serious business, but Trammell's engaging tone makes it fun again too. Highly recommended."-- "Paul Booth, author of Board Games as Media"
"I have been waiting for years for a book like The Privilege of Play. Using contemporary and historical examples, Aaron Trammell weaves together insightful theoretical analysis, archival deep dives, and sharp, poignant anecdotes to construct a compelling picture of game culture hobbyists, and the history out of which they emerged."-- "Shira Chess, author of Play Like a Feminist"