Book Review: Els jocs i els esports Tradicionals. Tradicionari. [The Traditional Games and Sports. Traditionari]

Biel Pubill-Soler
2020 Frontiers in Psychology  
Between 2005 and 2008 the accredited publishing house Enciclopèdia Catalana published Tradicionari. Enciclopèdia de la cultura popular de Catalunya (see Figure 1) , a huge work of 10 volumes. The aim of this ambitious Encyclopedia was to show the different cultural dimensions of the Catalan popular tradition. The domains of the work, the party and the festive calendar, music and dance, myths, beliefs, and traditional games and sports are some of the themes of the encyclopedia. The contend of
more » ... . The contend of each volume is based on studies of a wide crowd of specialists: Eminent folklorists, ethnographers, and anthropologists of intangible cultural heritage. The challenge is to join the tradition and modernity in a whole approach, in order to understand the contribution of these manifestations in the past, in the present and probably in the future local societies. Although the Tradicionari. is a collective work, it is presented as a joint, integrated and coherent work. This challenge was achieved thanks to Joan Soler-Amigó, the director of the 10 volumes, surrounded by the best specialists in each field, becoming the coordinators of each volume. The third volume of this encyclopedy is dedicated to traditional games and sports (TSG). A team of more than 25 specialists, coordinated by Pere Lavega-Burgués -professor at INEFC, University of Lleida, Spain, current president of the European Association of Games and Traditional Sports. He is also expert of UNESCO and author of an extensive bibliography in the field of physical activity and TSG. This team guarantees a broad and transversal vision, with multidisciplinary approaches and a range of perspectives that between theory and practical exemplification give the right balance to the work. The scientific rigor is already evident in the first pages with Prof. Pierre Parlebas' contribution who succinctly, intelligently and understandably writes about the game as an inherent part of the culture, and eloquently introduces some of the basic concepts of praxeological study. Parlebas, creator of the science of motor action or motor praxeology, establishes at the outset some knowledge and an original approach in relation to the internal logic of the games (relations between the players, space, materials and time of game). He also explains the connection with other sociocultural factors of the local culture (external logic). Both dimensions internal and external
doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2020.605920 fatcat:mogvawlngrgghflcb64gtplmai