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Wrigley Regulars Finding Community in the Bleachers

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ISBN-10: 0252077407

ISBN-13: 9780252077401

Edition: 2010

Authors: Holly Swyers

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Holly Swyers turns to the bleachers of Chicago's iconic Wrigley Field in this unique exploration of the ways people craft a feeling of community under almost any conditions.Wrigley Regularsexamines various components of community through the lens of "the regulars," a group of diehard Chicago Cubs fans who loyally populate the bleachers at Wrigley Field. In a time when many communities are perceived as either short-lived or disintegrating, Swyers examines the conditions, practices, and behaviours that help create and sustain the experience of community. At Wrigley Field, these practices can include the simple acts of scorecard-keeping and gathering at the same location before each game or insisting on elaborate rules of ticket distribution and seating arrangements, as well as more symbolic behaviours and superstitions that link the regulars to each other. A bleacher regular herself, Swyers uses a qualitative approach to define community as the ways in which people arrive at an awareness of themselves as a group with a particular relationship to the larger world. Holly Swyers is an assistant professor of anthropology at Lake Forest College.
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Book details

List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 7/20/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

Community as Experience and Practices
Social Space
Baseball Time
Boundaries and Gatekeeping
Organization and Hierarchies
Ballpark Rituals
Baseball Gods
Births, Weddings, and Funerals