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Back to Middletown: Three Generations of Sociological Reflections Rita Caccamo De Luca

Back to Middletown: Three Generations of Sociological Reflections

Rita Caccamo De Luca

Published May 31st 2000
ISBN : 9780804734936
Hardcover
149 pages
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This work examines Robert and Helen Merrell Lynds two inter-war studies of Muncie, Indiana, and the enormous secondary literature which they spawned. It differs from other investigations by examining the complete Middletown saga through theMoreThis work examines Robert and Helen Merrell Lynds two inter-war studies of Muncie, Indiana, and the enormous secondary literature which they spawned. It differs from other investigations by examining the complete Middletown saga through the distinctive lens of an outsider, that of an Italian sociologist, tracing the character and evolution of middle America from the Lynds time to the present. The authors discovery of previously unknown data, documents and correspondence sheds new light on the formation and elaboration of the Lynds project. She addresses major issues of sociology and social anthropology and takes up questions that reflect the contemporary contradictions and dissonances in the American social fabric. This book shows that the continuing narrative of Middletown encapsulates the pain of social and economic alienation, political war, religious messianism, and personal demoralization.