Journal of American Folklore 126 (2013) played. The next chapter explored the commercialization of school yard games and what Beresin terms "scripted exploitation." Looking at jump rope jingles, Beresin captures the rhymes of corporations--in particular Nike, Reebok, and McDonald's. Unlike earlier parodies documented by folklorists in the 1970s, Beresin heard the jingles repeated verbatim over the years of documentation. Her analysis of how to interpret these commercial rhymes accompanied by creative jump moves presents a possibility of individual expression by the youth, but also signals a crisis in the cultural fabric of the community. The third chapter of this section looks more closely at the institutional power of the school, suggesting that "the real recess problem is an education problem in disguise" (p. 82). This section ends with the question: "At what point does research evolve into advocacy?" (p. 85)--a question that propels the reader in the final section that does advocate for recess and provides some specific talking points to support this agenda. This text is significant for the voices heard, the games documented, and the conclusions presented. The book also advocates an activist agenda to reinstate and/or support recess in all schools. While I embrace this
Journal of American Folklore – American Folklore Society
Published: Aug 1, 2013
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