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‘Testosterone Play’?

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In this chapter I address the topic of play, picking up on conclusions from the fatherhood research considered earlier, about men’s particular contribution to play especially physical forms and play in the outdoors. It is no accident that an interest in the employment of men in early childhood education appears to be developing apace with the growth of outdoor education. I discuss data from the Swedish interview-based study with male preschool staff together with findings from Acorns, looking at common perceptions about how gender influences practices related to playfulness, fun, resilience-building and ‘freedom’. © 2018, The Author(s).