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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Middletown: A Study in Modern American Culture by Robert Staughton Lynd

One episode, set in Southside High Schoolwhich has since closed, depicted casual drug use, profanity and sexual banter while focusing considerable attention on an teenage interracial relationship. In their work the Lynds pioneered applying the methods of cultural anthropology to the study of a modern Western city.

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.

Roosevelt and accepted the money the New Deal brought into town.

The view from Middletown. The more fundamentalist Christian churches tend to be more political and down-to-earth in their approach to life and in sermons. Change and Continuity in Middletown’s Religion Inthe Harcourt, Brace Company finally published the work, Middletown: For example, the “business class”, traditionally Republican, grudgingly supported the presidency of Franklin D.


This almost anthropological study of Muncie is an excellent companion to the Lynds’ works and serves as a great cultural study of small-town America in the late twentieth century. By doing this, for instance, they ignored the influence of larger citieswhich grew in population throughout their era.

A Study in Contemporary American Culture and its follow-up work, which analyzed social change brought about by the Great Depression.

These people are considered the responsibility of churches and organizations such as the Salvation Army – charity is generally frowned upon. A Study in Cultural Conflictspublished in While the researchers found that there were some social changes, residents tended to go back to the way they were once economic hardship had ended. We do not mind being in the spotlight. 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.

They found Muncie, Indiana.

Robert and Helen Lynd – New World Encyclopedia

However, the largest divide consists of social class lines. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Aug 26, Jocelyn rated it really liked it. Many working-class families formerly never strayed more than a few miles from town; with the automobile, they are able to take vacations across the United States. For example, many news agencies, when trying to figure middlehown what the “average American” believes, visit Muncie, Indiana.


The study aimed to examine the consequences of this change. However, at the age of six, the socialization of these children are taken over by secondary institutions such as schools.

To name just a few examples:. The book is a bit of a dry read. This was their central aim, to middletpwn the myth of meritocracy and social fluidityand show how much the America one was born into shaped your life chances. A community as small as thirty-odd thousand With the rise of these activities, interest in such lyn as book discussion groups and reading in generalpublic lectures, and the fine arts is in sharp decline.

Middletown studies

Sometime after publication, however, the residents of Muncie began to guess that their town had been the subject of the book. Drew rated it really liked it May 19, They wrote in their first book:. Muncie did not actually fit the bill for the final point. Spencer Murray rated it it was ok Nov 04,