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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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The middltown were left to hang overnight and were cut down in the morning. Dec 30, Jacob Harris rated it it was amazing Shelves: The introduction of film has created another miedletown leisure activity”, although the most popular films concentrate on adventure and romance, while more serious topics are less popular.

They were rather critical of America’s growing preoccupation with money and consumption. Businessmen, in particular, are required to be highly conformist in their political and social views.

In Robert Lynd, under pressure from his publishers, came back to do a follow-up, Middletown in Transitionwhich examined lymd effects of the Great Depression on Muncie. Robert Jones rated it really liked it Feb 05, The city government was run by the “business class,” a conservative group of individuals in high-income professions. In SeptemberRobert and Helen Lynd married.


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The book is written in an entirely descriptive tone, treating the citizens of Middletown in much the same way as an anthropologist from an industrialized nation might describe a non-industrial culture. Dated, but still a good study and resource to understanding how this type of study is conducted and why this methodology is important and relevant. Inas one of our readers notedPBS released a six-part documentary on Muncie called Middletown.

Above all, the Lynds were criticized for using a small town to describe all of America. The first of two classic studies that examined the daily life of a typical small american city–in actuality, Muncie, Indiana–in the mids, using the approach of social anthropology. Rob rated it liked it Jun 01, Knowing that Marion had no black undertakers, he braved the trip to Marion that morning to pick up their bodies and prepare them for a Christian burial.

By doing this, for instance, they ignored the influence of larger citieswhich grew in population throughout their era. A Study in Contemporary American Culture was published in and achieved enormous success.

Middletown: A Study in Modern American Culture

Listening to radio shows and taking drives are now the most popular leisure activities. Tue 18 Oct He received his Ph.

Amid these shifts in gender, generation and religion, the central focus was on class. Lgnd to Middletown differs from the numerous other investigations and analyses of one of the most famous community studies in the history of sociology. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded.


The book went through six printings in only its first year. Also, taboos against things such as dating have been reduced.

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Or put in more detail. After she completed high school her family moved to Framingham, Massachusettswhere Mifdletown enrolled in Wellesley College.

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Robert and Helen Lynd

Nor is it limited to Republicans. But what it did was create this other myth about a representative America — a nostalgic, white nativist America. In the s the Lynds found a “division into the working class and business class that constitutes the outstanding cleavage in Middletown.