Playfights as Trouble and Respite

  title={Playfights as Trouble and Respite},
  author={David W{\"a}sterfors},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary Ethnography},
  pages={168 - 197}
Playfulness is easily overlooked in studies of total institutions because it does not match what we expect from institutional order. By studying playfulness ethnographically, social life in today’s institutions can be depicted both more naturalistically and more unexpectedly. This article explores how members of Swedish youth care institutions enact and respond to playful disputes or aggression in ways that make physical contact accountable and soften or transform controversial masculinity… 
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