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Communication and the Baseball Stadium

Community, Commodification, Fanship, and Memory


Edited By Dale Herbeck and Susan J. Drucker

Baseball stadia are places of memory, identity, athletic and architectural accomplishment. They are sites capable of arousing passion, sentimentality and a sense of community. The baseball stadium provides a unique lens through which to understand, explore and expand an understanding of communication theories. While baseball has previously been explored by scholars, this volume introduces the stadium as a way of exploring communication and communication theories through an examination of the four discrete themes that frame the organization of this work: community and communication, fandom and communication, memory and communication, and commodification and communication. This volume offers a unique approach to those interested in communication theory, popular culture, sports management, and people environment studies.

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Names: Herbeck, Dale, editor. | Drucker, Susan J., editor. Title: Communication and the baseball stadium: community, commodification, fanship, and memory / edited by Dale Herbeck, Susan J. Drucker. Description: New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., 2017. Series: Urban communication; vol. 2 | ISSN 2153-1404 Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2016032914 | ISBN 978-1-4331-2146-3 (hardcover: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4331-2145-6 (paperback: alk. paper) | ISBN 978-1-4539-1822-7 (ebook pdf) ISBN 978-1-4331-3628-3 (epub) | ISBN 978-1-4331-3629-0 (mobi) Subjects: LCSH: Baseball fields—Social aspects—United States. Baseball—Economic aspects—United States. City planning—Social aspects—United States. Classification: LCC GV879.5 .C66 2016 | DDC 796.35706/8—dc23 LC record available at DOI 10.3726/978-1-4539-1822-7

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