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The Lynds are said to have been the first to apply the methods of cultural anthropology to the study of a modern Western city. Robert Lynd edited the trade magazine Publishers Weekly —18 and later worked for book-publishing firms in New York City. He directed a sociological study of small cities for the Institute of Social and Religious Research —26 , served as an official of the Social Science Research Council —31 , and taught sociology at Columbia University from He also was the sole author of Knowledge for What?

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The Lynds are said to have been the first to apply the methods of cultural anthropology to the study of a modern Western city. Robert Lynd edited the trade magazine Publishers Weekly —18 and later worked for book-publishing firms in New York City. He directed a sociological study of small cities for the Institute of Social and Religious Research —26 , served as an official of the Social Science Research Council —31 , and taught sociology at Columbia University from He also was the sole author of Knowledge for What?

On September 3, , he and Helen Merrell were married. On the basis of field observations of social stratification in Muncie, Indiana, the Lynds wrote Middletown: A Study in Contemporary American Culture , innovatively treating the middle class as a tribe in the anthropological sense. Their follow-up study, Middletown in Transition: A Study in Cultural Conflicts , analyzed the social changes induced by the Great Depression of the s.

Although no longer typical of American communities , Middletown Muncie is still the site of studies documenting social and cultural change in the United States. Robert Lynd and Helen Lynd. Info Print Cite. Submit Feedback. Thank you for your feedback. Robert Lynd and Helen Lynd American sociologists. See Article History. History at your fingertips.

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Robert S. Lynd, Co‐Author of ‘Middletown,’ Dies

Middletown studies were sociological case studies of the white residents of City of Muncie in Indiana conducted by Robert Staughton Lynd and Helen Merrell Lynd , husband-and-wife sociologists. They wrote in their first book:. The city will be called Middletown. A community as small as thirty-odd thousand American stock and its changing environment. The word "middletown" was meant to suggest the average or typical American small city. While there are many places in the U.

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Middletown studies

He was also the author of Knowledge for What? In addition to writing and research, Lynd taught at Columbia from to He also served on U. Lynd was also a member of several scientific societies. Robert Lynd received a bachelor of arts degree from Princeton University Lynd received a Ph. Helen Lynd died on January 30,

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Middletown: A Study in Contemporary American Culture

The landmark social study that gave Muncie its place in history also presented America with an image of itself that was both familiar and distorted. Tue 18 Oct They found Muncie, Indiana. They just called it Middletown. They published their findings in with a detailed portrayal of a town becoming less devout and less deferent, more educated and more automated, where women were less likely to bake their own bread and more likely to work outside the home, young people lead more independent lives, where public speeches were getting shorter and schoolgirls preferred cotton to silk stockings. Amid these shifts in gender, generation and religion, the central focus was on class. This was their central aim, to challenge the myth of meritocracy and social fluidity , and show how much the America one was born into shaped your life chances.

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