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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No trivia or quizzes yet. Tue 18 Oct While there are anecdotes woven throughout the text there are also lists and statistics. She wrote numerous books on philosophyeducationand sociology.

For example, even today, many news agencies, when trying to figure out what the “average American” believes, visit Muncie, Indiana. The book is a bit of a dry read. Businessmen, in particular, are required to be highly conformist in their political and social views.

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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. They were rather critical of America’s growing preoccupation with money and consumption. However, once they felt the programs weren’t needed anymore, they withdrew their support. However, the largest divide consists of social class lines.

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 Foundation. They also criticized American workers for not exhibiting class solidarity. A Study in Cultural Conflicts 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 change.

However, labor unions had been driven out of town because the city’s elite saw them as anti-capitalist. Friendship between neighbors and church attendance are down. The Middletown study was one of the first sociological analyses in the United States of social and cultural change in a modern, urban community. Jeff Havard rated it really liked it Jan 02, Rivers ‘ classic Social Organizationthe Lynds write that the study proceeded “under the assumption that all the things people do in this American city may be viewed as falling under one or another of the following six main-trunk activities:.

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Above all, the Lynds were criticized for using a small town to describe all of America. In the process, the book addresses, from a fresh perspective, major issues that have confronted sociology and social anthropology: Whether Muncie liked being in the spotlight or not depended heavily on what that light exposed.

A kynd denomination is indicative of one’s social status: In the s the Lynds found a “division into the working class and business class that constitutes the outstanding cleavage in Middletown.

Roxanne Shirazi rated it liked it Jul 27, The Middletown study is often quoted as an example of the adage, “nothing really changes”. The Middletown study started inand lasted for 15 months. Their publications became classics in American sociology.

The more fundamentalist Christian churches tend to be more political and down-to-earth in their approach to life and in sermons. The Middletown studies also received a number of criticisms, including the fact that the Lynds ignored minority populations blacks and Jews.

The word “middletown” was meant to suggest the average or typical American small city. The history of earlier contributions by wikipedians is accessible to researchers here:. Although new technology has created more leisure time for all people, most of this new time is passed in “passive” or nonconstructive recreation.

For example, many news agencies, when trying to figure out what the “average American” believes, visit Muncie, Indiana. As the author demonstrates, the story of Middletown is a continuing narrative, whose end is yet to be written, encapsulating the pain of social and economic alienation, political war, religious messianism, and personal demoralization.


And so it is that Middletownand therefore Muncie, became a proxy for the quintessential America. Order by newest oldest recommendations. The community as a whole has a strong Protestant tenancy. While the community claims to value educationthey tend to disdain academic learning. They approached the study like cultural anthropologists, making observations on the daily life of the city’s residents.

The town consisted of 38, people, predominantly white Protestants. In the years since, many scholars continued to study Muncie, following up on the Lynds’ work, making this local community perhaps the most studied in the nation. Refresh and try again.

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They end on a strongly negative note, fearing that a dictator such as Huey Long or Adolf Hitler could conceivably draw support from micdletown a population. For example, the “business class”, traditionally Republican, grudgingly supported the presidency of Franklin D. Muncie Civic Theatre, Muncie Civic Theatre The bodies were left to hang overnight and were cut down in the morning.

Credits New World Encyclopedia writers and editors rewrote and completed the Wikipedia article in accordance with New World Encyclopedia standards. The Lynds used the “approach of the cultural anthropologist lyynd see field research and social anthropologyexisting documents, statistics, old newspapers, interviews, and surveys to accomplish this task.

Middletown contained 42 churchesrepresenting 28 different denominations. They found Muncie, Indiana. Lyjd rated it liked it May 19, Jeffrey rated it liked it Mar 22, It was interesting to listen to the life and concerns of my grandparents generation. By doing this, for instance, they ignored the influence of larger citieswhich grew in population throughout their era.