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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The Middletown study is often quoted as an example of the midletown, “nothing really changes”. And so it is that Middletownand therefore Muncie, became a proxy for the quintessential America. October 10,”Is Muncie Really ‘Middletown’?

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. They are the ground zero of American life.

A Study in Cultural Conflicts. Although they were originally commissioned by the Institute for Social and Religious Research to strictly study religious practices, the Lynds went over their assignment and included different aspects of life into their research.

Tue 18 Oct Scott rated it liked it May 08, The Lynds started to work on their project in Muncie, Indiana in lateas commissioned by the Institute of Social and Religious Research.

Middletown studies

Ray Campbell rated it liked it Feb 11, Muncie was the first community to be systematically examined by sociologists in mkddletown United States. It was interesting to listen to the life and concerns of my grandparents generation. Published April lyynd by Mariner Books first published Norman Birnbaum, a longtime Guardian reader and retired academic who contacted me on reading of this project, knew the Lynds in the late s and early s.


In the end, I enjoyed having a peek mkddletown the past but was glad that its culture wasn’t my “Modern America”. Books by Robert Staughton Lynd. Matthew Candelaria rated it it was amazing Oct 05, She died in Warren, Ohioon January 30, Due to recent innovations such as the Associated Pressthe papers are able to carry more news.

Drew rated it really liked it May middlstown, Holly Genovese rated it it was ok Dec 27, This became known as Middletown III. They just called it Middletown. Back to Middletown differs from the numerous other investigations and analyses of one of the most famous community studies in the history of sociology. The book lynf written in an entirely descriptive tone, treating the citizens of Middletown in much the same way as an anthropologist from an industrialized middleetown might describe a non-industrial culture.

The book is a bit of a dry read. Middletown is the report of a year and a half study the Lynds and their assistants conducted in a small Midwestern city.

Jeff Havard rated it really liked it Jan 02, Overall the city is highly, but invisibly, segregated. The Lynds started their collaborative work in the early s, in John D. A person’s denomination is indicative of one’s social status: In this volume, Caccamo reanalyzes the Lynds’ findings and reports on her extended visit to Muncie in the late s.

They had two children; their son Staughton was born inand their daughter, Andrea, in The Lynds and a group of researchers conducted an in-depth field research study of the white residents of a small American urban center to discover key cultural norms and better understand social middletowj. Listening to radio shows and lymd drives are now the most popular leisure activities.

After the completion of their study, the Lynds presented the results to the Institute of Social and Religious Research, but met with a cold reception. The town consisted of 38, people, predominantly white Protestants. Her parents tried to instate a strong religious sense middlehown their children, and Helen grew up with a commitment to humanitarian work.


They saw a contradiction in American society—on one side Americans being independent and capable of organizing their own lives, and on the other so powerless and passive in the face of advertising. The second study only used one-tenth of the researchers than the first, and as a result, it is not considered as in-depth as the first one.

However, labor unions had been driven out of town because the city’s elite saw them as anti-capitalist. 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.

Having children is considered a “moral obligation” of all couples. Their publications became classics in American sociology. A graceful, humane, and provocative work, Back to Middletown is a model of scholarship that is also art. A Study in Contemporary American Culture and its follow-up work, which analyzed social change brought about by the Great Depression.

The Lynds tried carefully to avoid any ideological biases in the first study, offering it as a neutral set of observations.

Middletown: A Study in Modern American Culture

Voter turnouthowever, is down 46 percent ineven considering the recent passage of women’s suffrage. Or put in more detail. This view was only furthered by the results of the second study—if the Great Depression was unable to cause major changes lynnd the town’s social structure, the implication is that nothing will.