Paidia meets Ludus: New York City Municipal Pools and the Infrastructure of Play

  title={Paidia meets Ludus: New York City Municipal Pools and the Infrastructure of Play},
  author={Naomi Miriam Adiv},
  journal={Social Science History},
  pages={431 - 452}
  • N. Adiv
  • Published 28 October 2015
  • History
  • Social Science History
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