Middletown

Lynd, Robert Staughton

Robert Staughton Lynd, 1892–1970, American sociologist, b. New Albany, Ind.; grad. Princeton (B.A., 1914), Ph.D. Columbia, 1931. He taught at Columbia for 30 years (1931–61). With his wife, Helen Merrell Lynd, he authored two noted sociological studies of Muncie, Ind., Middletown: A Study in Contemporary American Culture, (1929) and Middletown in Transition (1937). Lynd was active in labor and civil-rights movements, and wrote Knowledge for What? (1939).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

A Case for the Case Study
Joe R. Feagin; Anthony M. Orum; Gideon Sjoberg.
University of North Carolina Press, 1991
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "Middletown As an Urban Case Study"
The American Reader, from Columbus to Today:
Paul M. Angle.
Rand McNally, 1958
Librarian’s tip: "1920-1927 -- The Automobile Changes The Pattern of Living," an excerpt from Middletown by Robert and Helen Lynd, begins on p. 525
Stalking the Sociological Imagination: J. Edgar Hoover's FBI Surveillance of American Sociology
Mike Forrest Keen.
Greenwood Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Robert and Helen Lynd: From Middletown to Moronia"
The Proper Study of Mankind
Stuart Chase; Alexander Pope.
Harper, 1956 (Revised edition)
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 14 "In Darkest Middletown"
Class in Twentieth-Century American Sociology: An Analysis of Theories and Measurement Strategies
Michael D. Grimes.
Praeger Publishers, 1991
Librarian’s tip: "Robert and Helen Lynd's 'Middletown' Studies" begins on p. 56
The Community in America
Roland L. Warren.
Rand McNally, 1963
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "Four American Communities and the 'Great Change'"
American Social Structure: Historical Antecedents and Contemporary Analysis
Don Martindale.
Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1960
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 13 "The Urban Community in the United States"
A Sociological Approach to Education: A Revision of Community Backgrounds of Education
Lloyd Allen Cook; Elaine Forsyth Cook.
McGraw-Hill, 1950 (2nd edition)
The American Class Structure
Joseph A. Kahl.
Rinehart, 1957
Librarian’s tip: Chap. III "Occupational Prestige and Social Change"
Television Families: Is Something Wrong in Suburbia?
William Douglas.
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2003
Librarian’s tip: "Case Study: I. Middletown, 1924" begins on p. 29
Readings in Sociology: a Biographical Approach
Brigitte Berger; Roberl Binks.
Basic Books, 1974
Librarian’s tip: "Middletown Faces Both Ways" by Robert S. Lynd and Helen M. Lynd begins on p. 416
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