Parallel play in medical anthropology and medical sociology

  title={Parallel play in medical anthropology and medical sociology},
  author={Peter Conrad},
  journal={The American Sociologist},
  • P. Conrad
  • Published 1 December 1997
  • Sociology
  • The American Sociologist
In recent years, the disciplinary emphasis in the social sciences has been challenged, but barriers remain to multidisciplinary discourse. Scholars may examine similar problems or even use the same concepts, and neglect or overlook the work in sister disciplines. Developmental psychologists have identified a stage in child development called parallel play, characterized by children playing side-by-side but not interacting with one another. This article employs parallel play as a metaphor to… 
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