Brian Sutton-Smith

Brian Sutton-Smith
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Brian Sutton-Smith's Biography

Type Of Business:
Museum
Marketing Area:
International
Major Product/SVS:
Documents about the History of Play in American Culture, Exhibits and Rides Centered on the Elements of Play
Favorite Business Publication:
The New Yorker; The New York Review
Hobbies/Sports:
Playing Tennis
Education Degrees:
Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (1954); Master's Degree; Bachelor's Degree
Affiliations Awards:
American Psychology Association; Association for the Anthropological Study of Play
Throughout the duration of your career, what was the one highlight that stood out the most?:
The highlights of his career were receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Children's Folklore Society and the books he has written including, 'The Ambiguity of Play.'
Charity:
Christian Children's Fund
Number Of Years In Profession:
63
Number Of Years In Current Position:
11
What Does He/She Attribute Success To:
He attributes his success to his desire to study the subject of play.
Why did you become involved in your profession or industry?:
He became involved in his profession because he wrote children's books as a school teacher and eventually published them. The books were regarded as highly controversial, and he became the first in New Zealand to research the subject of play.
Extended Bio Profile:
Mr. Sutton-Smith will have a new book published soon entitled 'Play as a Struggle for Survival,' which will be sold in the United States, New Zealand and Britain. He continued to study the cultural significance of play and has compiled several theories on the subject. He has won numerous awards from BRIO and LEGO. In 2007, Mr. Sutton-Smith gave the Strong National Museum of Play his entire research library of books, papers, and related materials for use by other scholars. The Brian Sutton-Smith Archives at the museum consists of more than 2,500 volumes and 55 linear feet of parers representing 50 years of Mr. Sutton-Smith's studies and work. Just finished writing his 50th book, "Play as Emotional Survival". Is editor of impending "Encyclopedia of Play" to be published by Sage publishers.
Position Responsibilities and Duties:
Studying the Cross-Cultural Elements of Play in Children and Adults, Researching the Cultural Significance and History of Play
Awards/Honors:
Lifetime Achievement Award, Children's Folklore Society
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