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Middletown: A Study in Modern American Culture

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The first of two classic studies that examined the daily life of a typical small american city--in actuality, Muncie, Indiana--in the mid-1920s, using the approach of social anthropology. Of enduring interest to students of sociology, these works inspired an acclaimed six-part television series. Index.
Paperback, 564 pages
Published April 15th 1959 by Mariner Books (first published 1929)
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The subtitle of this book is "A Study in Modern American Culture". That's probably what folks were looking to read about when they picked up the newly published book in 1929. In 2016, however, my wife and I were hoping to read some history. Middletown is the report of a year and a half study the Lynds and their assistants conducted in a small Midwestern city. They approached the study like cultural anthropologists, making observations on the daily life of the city's residents. (Well, the city's ...more
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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.
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Enjoyed getting a visit visit with the Muncie of my grandparents and great grandparents.
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Robert Staughton Lynd was an American sociologist and professor at Columbia University, New York City. Robert and his wife Helen Lynd are best known for writing the groundbreaking "Middletown" studies of Muncie, Indiana - Middletown: A Study in Contemporary American Culture (1929) and Middletown in Transition (1937), which are classics of American sociology. Muncie was the first community to be sy ...more

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