Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Gregory A. Hansen
Tag is a chasing game that involves numerous variations on the theme of catching or touching a player. These types of chasing games, in turn, can be seen as variations of Tag. Rooted in antiquity, the game is widely played by children. Well over 100 years of research into this seemingly simple game have yielded a wealth of insights into the complexity of children's culture. Tag is a quintessential folkgame. Children typically learn tag through traditional transmission by observing and participating in chasing games with their peers. Unlike free play and official sports, Tag's specific rules are subject to a great degree of flexibility and variation. As is characteristic of folk games, Tag is learned informally. There are no summer camp programs centered around the refinement of techniques for mastering the game, and Tag lacks an official governing body to arbitrate correct play. The game also exemplifies the tendency of ...