Playful Identities: The Ludification of Digital Media Cultures


Digital media technologies increasingly shape how people relate to the world, to other people and to themselves. This prompts questions about present-day mediations of identity. In Playful Identities: The Ludification of Digital Media Cultures, Prof. Joost Raessens, Dr René Glas, Dr Michiel de Lange and others explore the notion of play as a heuristic lens to look at changing media practices and identity construction.

The central argument of the book is that play and games nowadays are not only appropriate metaphors to capture post-modern human identities, but also the very means by which people reflexively construct their identity. Playful Identities presents academic research at the intersection of media theory, play and game studies, social sciences and philosophy. The book carves out a cross-disciplinary domain that connects the most recent insights from play and game studies, media research, and identity studies.

This book is one of the results from the NWO project 'Playful identities. From narrative to ludic self-construction'.

  • Title: Playful Identities: The Ludification of Digital Media Cultures
  • Editors:
    Prof. Joost Raessens (Professor Media Theory at Utrecht University)
    Dr Michiel de Lange (Lecturer in new media studies at Utrecht University)
    Prof. Valerie Frissen (CEO SIDN Fund, Professor ICT & Social Change at Erasmus University Rotterdam)
    Dr Sybille Lammes (Associate Professor at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies,University of Warwick)
    Prof. Jos de Mul (Professor Philosophical Anthropology at Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • ISBN: 9789089646392
  • Publisher: Amsterdam University Press, 2015


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