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Muncie, India(na)Middletown and Asian America$
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Himanee Gupta-Carlson

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041822

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041822.001.0001

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Creating a Typical America

Creating a Typical America

The Middletown Studies and Muncie

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(p.25) Chapter 1 Creating a Typical America
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Muncie, India(na)
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Himanee Gupta-Carlson

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252041822.003.0002

This chapter describes how sociologists Robert S. Lynd and Helen Merrell Lynd conducted research in Muncie, Indiana, in the 1920s and how popular reception to their book Middletown: A Study in American Culture created Muncie’s reputation as typical America. It analyzes how exclusion of African Americans and foreign-born individuals from the Middletown study resulted in a distorted understanding of the typical American that continues to haunt the American mindset into the twenty-first century. It explores how scholars and other researchers have addressed the distortion and situates the author’s study within this context.

Keywords:   Muncie, Indiana, Middletown studies, African Americans, racial violence, anti-immigrant hostility, typical America

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