Research Case studies
The play behaviours of Roma children in Transylvania
This paper summarises an observational study of the play behaviours of children in a small Roma village. It highlights the striking contrast between the abject poverty that characterises their lives and the general happiness of the children. These children live their limited lives to the full. They ‘play everywhere and with everything’, but not in the generally accepted sense of that phrase, as envisaged by Colin Ward.
The usual niceties of privacy, personal possessions and property boundaries are irrelevant here. Their play is rich in imagination and creativity; it is living proof of Nicholson’s theory of loose parts.
- Brown, F, (2012) The Play Behaviours of Roma Children in Transylvania. International Journal of Play, Vol.1. Abingdon: Taylor Francis