Children and the Movies: Media Influence and the Payne Fund Controversy

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Children and the Movies: Media Influence and the Payne Fund Controversy analyzes the first and most comprehensive investigation of the influence of movies on American youth, the Payne Fund Studies. First published in 1933, these studies are important for their insights and conclusions regarding the effects of movies on behavior. They are, moreover, a landmark of modern social science research, demonstrating the rapid evolution of this discipline in American academic institutions over the first three decades of the century. Based on newly discovered primary sources, whose contents are published here for the first time, this volume also reproduces a long-missing Payne Fund study.
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"...a wealth of unpublished Payne Fund material....This excellent, timely study is meticulously researched and clearly written." Choice

"It is a work of careful research meant for the serious scholar...valuable for fleshing out an important part of the history of sociological study concerning children and the movies." Harry Eiss, Journal of American Culture

"This is a remarkable book....They make for fascinating reading and should prove valuable for future generations of social scientists and historians who are doing their own research on youth subcultures in twentieth-century American cities....The authors and Cambridge University Press should be commended." David Nasaw, American Studies

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Table of Contents

About the Authors
Dramatis Personae: Biographical Sketches of Participants in the Payne Fund Studies
Introduction: The Payne Fund Studies and Their Continuing Significance for Communications Research 1
1 Social Science as a Weapon: The Origins of the Payne Fund Studies, 1926-1929 17
2 Movie-Made Social Science: The Enterprise of the Payne Fund Studies Researchers, 1928-1933 57
3 Aftermath: The Summaries and Reception of the Payne Fund Studies 92
4 The Lost Manuscript 125
The Community - A Social Setting for the Motion Picture 133
5 The Intervale Study 217
New York University Motion Picture Study - Outline of Chapters 220
6 Student Movie Autobiographies and "Movies and Sex" 237
The Motion Picture Autobiographies 242
Private Monograph on Movies and Sex 281
Appendix A: The Payne Fund and Radio Broadcasting, 1928-1935 303
Appendix B: The Motion Picture Experience as Modified by Social Background and Personality 336
Notes 346
Bibliography 386
Index of Names 401
Index of Subjects 406
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