Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

The concept of magic circle : a critical reading

Arlete dos Santos Petry


This article deals with establishing and discussing the concept of magic circle -
often present in game studies - and ponder the possible relations with the
concept of liminality, worked in cultural anthropology from the rites of passage
standpoint in Van Gennep and Victor Turner and with the concept of
transitional phenomenon by psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott. Towards that, we
seek references in studies of the respective areas of knowledge, in order to
reflect on the experience of play. The establishment of the relationship
between the concepts mentioned - magic circle, liminality, transitional
phenomenon - takes a step forward on the path that seeks to answer what
play is and its relevance in contemporary life. Thus, given the large access to
digital games today, this article provides a relevant contribution to
Communication studies.

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