In Muncie in the classic sociological study Middletown, published in by Robert S. and Helen M. Lynd. The name (shortened in from Munseetown or . – Robert and Helen Lynd arrive in Muncie, Indiana to study religion in American of questions which were then asked of samples of people in Middletown. Middletown has 84 ratings and 4 reviews. by. Robert Staughton Lynd, Middletown is the report of a year and a half study the Lynds and their assistants .

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Return to Book Page. They approached the study like cultural anthropologists, making observations on the daily life of the city’s residents. The author, an Italian sociologist, examines the complete Middletown saga through the distinctive lens of an outsider, tracing the character and evolution of “middle America” from the Lynds’ time down to the present.

Middletown studies were sociological case studies of the white residents of City of Muncie in Indiana conducted by Robert Staughton Lynd and Helen Merrell Lyndhusband-and-wife sociologists. Emerson School group, Emerson School now Emerson dog park Whether Muncie liked being in the spotlight or not depended heavily on what that light exposed.

Robert and Helen Lynd

Based on the success of the study, Robert Lynd was named professor of sociology in the Graduate School of Political Sciences in the Department of Sociology at Columbia University in Sociology books books.

While their follow-up study which revealed little change despite experiencing of the Great Depression has been criticized, the town they called “Middletown” continued to be used by those seeking to understand the life of typical American communities. Dec 30, Jacob Harris rated it it was amazing Shelves: The book is written in an entirely descriptive tone, treating the white citizens of Middletown in much the same way as an anthropologist from an industrialized nation might describe a non-industrial culture.


For example, this group threw its support behind Calvin Coolidge ‘s administration.

Middletown: A Study in Modern American Culture

Robert Lynd retired from Columbia University in Credit is due under the terms of this license that can reference both the New World Encyclopedia contributors and the selfless volunteer contributors of the Wikimedia Oynd. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Or put in more detail. A Study in Cultural Conflictspublished in They were rather critical of America’s growing preoccupation with money and consumption. Of enduring interest to students of sociology, these works inspired an acclaimed six-part television series.

Scott rated it liked it May 08, A Study in Cultural Conflicts They stayed there for 15 months, living among and studying the local community. Tue 18 Oct He also worked for several publishing houses in New York City.

Inhowever, my wife and I were hoping to read some history. The Lynds started to work on their project middletow Muncie, Indiana in lateas commissioned by the Institute of Social and Religious Research. It was interesting to listen to the life and concerns of my grandparents generation.

Muncie Civic Theatre, Muncie Civic Midletown The bodies were left to hang overnight and were cut down in the morning. They also criticized American workers for not exhibiting class solidarity. Published April 15th by Mariner Books first published Her parents tried to instate a strong religious sense in their children, and Helen grew up with a commitment to humanitarian work.


Brian rated it it was amazing Mar 06, History of “Robert and Helen Lynd” Note: Also, many of the clergy tend to be politically progressiveand as such, are not welcomed into the city’s governance. This view was only furthered by the results of the second study—if the Great Depression was unable to cause major changes midddletown the town’s social structure, the implication is that nothing will.

middeltown The word “middletown” was meant to suggest the average or typical American small city. However, the largest divide consists of social class lines. In SeptemberRobert and Helen Lynd married.

Middletown: A Study in Contemporary American Culture | work by Lynd |

With the rise of these activities, mkddletown in such institutions as book discussion groups and reading in generalpublic lectures, and the fine arts is in sharp decline. Because of innovations such as mortgageseven working-class families were able to own their own homes.

Preview — Middletown by Robert Staughton Lynd. These people lyhd considered the responsibility of churches and organizations such as the Salvation Army – charity is generally frowned upon.

In the end, I enjoyed having a peek at the past but was glad that its culture wasn’t my “Modern America”. However, once they felt the programs weren’t needed anymore, they withdrew their support. Above all, the Lynds were criticized for using a small town to describe all of America.