Jouer pour être heureux : pratiques ludiques et expressions du jeu chez les Inuit de la région d'Iglulik (Arctique oriental canadien) du XIXe siècle à nos jours

Authors: Petit, Céline Danielle
Advisor: Therrien, MichèleLaugrand, Frédéric
Abstract: Playing for happiness and good fortune. Ludic practices and the significance of play among the Inuit of the Iglulik region (Eastern Canadian Arctic). This study deals with some of the uses of play (as a way of acting and interacting) among the Inuit of the Iglulik region in the Eastern Canadian Arctic. It examines diachronically various games practiced by the Iglulingmiut (including both children and adults), in order to identify continuities and changes in the forms of play developed in Iglulingmiut society before and after historical ruptures such as the conversion to Christianity and especially, the transition from a semi-nomadic life based on hunting to a settled life characterized by integration to the wider market economy. Observing that many descriptions made by the explorers and the ethnographers of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries emphasized the importance of ludic practices in the everyday life of the Inuit groups met in this part of the Canadian Arctic, this research further reflects on the significance of play among the Iglulingmiut, both in socialization processes and in ritual gatherings serving to ensure the reproduction of the group or the cohesion and continuity of the « community », from semi-nomadic times until today.
Document Type: Thèse de doctorat
Issue Date: 2011
Open Access Date: 17 April 2018
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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