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Northwest Missouri State University

Roger Neustadter

Roger Neustadter



2380 Colden Hall


660.562.1963 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 1998



  • Ph.D. Purdue
  • M.A. California State University, S.F.
  • B.A. Bard College

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology of the Family
  • Social Stratification
  • Social Theory

Academic Interests

  • American Popular Culture
  • Social Theory
  • Anthropology

Scholarly Activity


  • The Obvious Child: Studies in the Significance of Childhood, University Press of America, 2009.

Book Chapters

  • Oh Dad Poor Dad, Your Daughters Have Looked in Your Closet and I'm Feeling So Sad: Daughter's Dissing Dad's in the Memoir  in Profiles of Popular Culture, ed. Ray Browne, University of Wisconsin Press, 2005
  • The Emergence of Recovered Memory as a Social Problem, in Counseling and the Therapeutic State, ed. James Criss, Aldine de Gruyter 1999 Articles Found in Transition: Japan, Identity and Assimilation in the Memoirs of Mura and Mori, Japan Studies Association Journal, Vol. 6 2008.
  • Archetypical Life Scripts in Memoirs of Childhood: Heaven, Hell and Purgatory, Auto/Biography, Vol. 12, Issue 3 2004.
  • Oh Dad Poor Dad, Your Daughters Have Looked in Your Closet and I'm Feeling So Sad: Daughter's Dissing Dad's in the Memoir, The Journal of Poplular Culture, Fall 2002, 36:2.
  • The Memoir Boom:It's Sociological Significance and It's Significance for Teaching
    Sociology Free Inquiry in Creative Sociology Nov. 1999 Vol. 27 #2
  • Fetal Attraction: Legal, Ethical, and Sociological Considerations in the
    Criminalization of Pregnancy, Journal of Crime & Justice, Summer 1995              
  • The Obvious Child: Images of Childhood in Popular Music and Society, Summer 1995
  • Marking Time: The Chronocentric Vision of the Post Industrial Narrative, Mid American Review of Sociology. Vol. 18 Winter Spring 1994 Back to the Future: Childhood as Utopia Extrapolation, Summer 1994
  • Grow Up! The Devaluation and Stigmatization of Childhood as a Threat to Progress"
    Sociological Focus, October 1993           
  • Protest and Form: Generational Differences in the Old Left and the New Left Critical Sociology, Fall 1993
  • Szasz, Illich, and Lasch on the Problem of the  Therapeutic State, The Quarterly Journal of Ideology, 1993 Vol. 15 #4               
  • An End to "Childhood Amnesia:" The Ideal of Childhood in Critical Theory, Mid American Review of Sociology, 1992 Vol. XVI, No. 2:71 80.     
  • "Squatter's Right's in the Ovum:" The Unborn as Patient, FREE INQUIRY in Creative Sociology, November, 1992 Vol. 20 #2   
  • The Mid Twentieth Century's Protest Against the Reification of Time, Time and Society, Vol. 1 #3 1992 Memoirs of an "Alien of the Uneasy Feet",  California Sociologist, Vol. 14, #1 2, Winter/Summer 1991
  • A Kinder and Gentler Machine: The Rise of Computer Romanticism, FREE INQUIRY in Creative Sociology, Vol. 19 #2 Nov. 1991                 
  • The Astro Turf Garden: Pastoralism in the Industrial Age, Popular Culture Review, Vol. II #2 1991
  • "Killing Babies:" The Use of Image and Metaphor in the Right to Life Movement. Michigan Sociological Review, #4 Fall 1990
  • The 'Deadly Current': The Death Penalty in the Industrial Age, The Journal of American Culture, Vol. 12, #3 1989              
  • Beat the Clock: The Protest Against Temporal  Rigidity in Modern Social Thought, Humanity and Society, Vol. 13, #3 1989             
  • The Old Left Revisited: Machine Technology as Social Myth, Sociological Spectrum Fall 1989
  • 'Phone Home': From Childhood Amnesia to the Catcher in Sci Fi, The Transformation of Childhood in Contemporary Science Fiction Films, Youth and Society, Vol. 20 No. 3 March 1989
  • The Politics of Growing Up: The Status of Childhood in Modern Social Thought, Current Perspectives in Social Theory, Vol. 9 1989
  • Mechanization Takes Command: The Celebration of Technology in the Utopian Novels of Edward Bellamy, Chauncey Thomas, John Jacob Astor, and Charles Caryl. Extrapolation, Spring 1988, Vol. 29, No. 1
  • Hip to Time: The Protest Against Authoritarian Structures of Time in Modern Fiction. Journal of Popular Literature, Fall/Winter 1987

Book Reviews

  • Michael S. Cummings: Beyond Political Correctness Contemporary Sociology, Jeremy Rifkin: Time Wars, Michigan Sociological Review, #3 Fall 1989 Symposium Proceedings
  • Blows Against the Empire: Szasz, Lasch, and Illich on the Therapeutic State Social Science Perspectives Journal, Vol 2. No. 2
  • Jumping Out of Progress: AThe Decline of the Idea of Progress@. Social Science Perspectives Journal, 1986, Vol. 1, No. 2, Student Group Advisement, Psych/Soc Society