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.
Dale Herbeck (Ph.D., University of Iowa) is Chair of and Professor in the Communication Department at Northeastern University. He is the author of Freedom of Speech in the United States (2013). Susan J. Drucker (J.D., St. John's University School of Law) is Professor in the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication at Hofstra University. She has authored or edited eleven books, including Regulating Social Media: Legal and Ethical Considerations (Peter Lang, 2013), co-edited with Gary Gumpert.
Susan Drucker/Dale Herbeck: Introduction - Part One: Community and Communication - Vincent Brook: Mass Culture Theories: Dodger Stadium or The House that RuthlessnessBuilt - Susan J. Drucker/Gary Gumpert: Collective Memory: Citi Field, Urban Renewal and Communication - Larry Powell/Jonathan Amsbary/Justin R. Johnston: Discourse Communities: Rickwood Field as a Symbol of Segregation and Healing - Part Two: Fandom and Communication - Harvey Jassem: Media Determinism: Yankee Stadium and the E-Mediafication of the Baseball Stadium - Juliet Dee: Communication Freedoms and Limitations: Citizens Bank Park, Heckling and the First Amendment - Lewis Freeman: Symbolic Interactionism: Yogi Berra Stadium and the Minor League Ballpark Experience - Michael H. Plugh: General Semantics: Japan's Koshien Stadium and Time-Binding Bushido - Part Three: Memory and Communication - Anthony C. Cavaiani: Public Memory Theory: On Remembering and Forgetting Old Tiger Stadium - Erik Garrett/Alexander Regina: Phenomenology and The Phantom Stadia Phenomenon: Forbes Field and Comiskey Park Remembered - Jean Ann Streiff: Narrative Theory: Building the Legacy of the Pittsburgh Pirates through PNC Park - Part Four: Commodification and Communication - Robert Trumpbour: Ritual View of Communication Theory: The Houston Astrodome and The Evolution of Stadium Construction - Adam Grossman: Transformational Communication: Wrapping Wrigley Field In a New Package - Thomas R. Flynn/Pennilane Carlisle: The Extended Self and Sports Marketing: The Opening of Jacobs Field - Contributors - Stadium Index - Index.