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, 1896–1982, b. La Grange, Ill., who taught at Sarah Lawrence College (1929–64), 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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Middletown: Selected full-text books and articles

A Case for the Case Study By 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: By 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 By Mike Forrest Keen Greenwood Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Robert and Helen Lynd: From Middletown to Moronia"
The Proper Study of Mankind By 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 By Michael D. Grimes Praeger Publishers, 1991
Librarian’s tip: "Robert and Helen Lynd's 'Middletown' Studies" begins on p. 56
The Community in America By 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 By 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 By Lloyd Allen Cook; Elaine Forsyth Cook McGraw-Hill, 1950 (2nd edition)
The American Class Structure By Joseph A. Kahl Rinehart, 1957
Librarian’s tip: Chap. III "Occupational Prestige and Social Change"
Television Families: Is Something Wrong in Suburbia? By William Douglas Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2003
Librarian’s tip: "Case Study: I. Middletown, 1924" begins on p. 29
Readings in Sociology: a Biographical Approach By 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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