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Social activity and interaction existing for its own sake, called by the German sociologist Georg Simmel the ‘play-form’ of interaction that has no necessary outcome or results. Pure play-forms of sociability abound in sport, where talk about the last game and the forthcoming match provides a never-ending agenda for sociable exchanges. Such sociable encounters, exchanges, and interactions can also have serious constitutive dimensions, as they confirm opinions, attitudes, and values, as well as providing opportunities for leisure and recreation.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945).

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