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Herchen Study

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • UNESCO-Institut für Sozialwissenschaft, Köln
Publication Date
  • UNESCO-Institut fuer Sozialwissenschaft, Koeln (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Community, Living Environment
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Community, urban and rural life
  • Abstract

    Municipal sociological investigation in Herchen. Topics: Neighborhood contacts; leisure activities; participation on municipal life; local ties and local residency; preferred place to live and work; employment before and after marriage; occupation of siblings, father and siblings of spouse; change of occupation of respondent and his father; attitude to work in a factory; point in time, length and reasons for unemployment; assessment of job security; work satisfaction; length of company employment; originally desired occupation; occupation concepts for children; desired number of children; educational goals; authority structure of family; marriage age and age of spouse; concepts of an ideal spouse; manner of getting to know of spouse; manner and intensity of contact with relatives; understanding of sex roles and attitude to equal rights; political interest; attitude to political questions; reasons for one´s own club membership; significance of clubs and associations; evaluation of club functionaries; shopping habits and growing one´s own food; attitude to saving; assessment of relative social prestige of occupations; personal election participation. Demography: age (classified); sex; marital status; religious denomination; religiousness; school education; occupation; professional position; employment; size of household; composition of household; housing situation; regional origins; refugee status; possession of assets; Interviewer rating: willingness of respondent to cooperate; length of interview; presence of other persons.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1952
Geographic Coverage
  • Windeck (DE-NW-WNK)
Sampled Universe
Age: 21 and older.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Simple random selection
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire. The interviews lasted approx. 6 hours and were conducted in several parts. Almost exclusively open questions were posed.
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 182
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA0164 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Wurzbacher, Gerhard: Report on Aims, Methods and Present State of a Community Study of the UNESCO-Institute for Social Sciences, Cologne. In: International Sociological Association: Liege Congress 1953, Sect. III, Recent Developments in Sociological Research, Communications Papers Vol II. o. Ort: hektographiert, o. J.
  • Wurzbacher, Gerhard: Das Dorf im Spannungsfeld industrieller Entwicklung: Untersuchung an den 45 Dörfern und Weilern einer westdeutschen ländlichen Gemeinde. Stuttgart: Enke 1954

Update Metadata: 2020-10-20 | Issue Number: 91 | Registration Date: 2010-07-21

UNESCO-Institut für Sozialwissenschaft, Köln (1952): Herchen-Studie. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.