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Community Power Structure (Cambridge, Mass.)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Scheuch, Erwin K. (Laboratory of Social Relations, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.)
  • Nuttall, Ronald (Laboratory of Social Relations, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.)
  • Gordon, Chad (Laboratory of Social Relations, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.)
Publication Date
  • Laboratory of Social Relations, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Community, Living Environment
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Community, urban and rural life
  • Abstract

    Decision-making processes and power structure in a municipality. Topics: Extent to which informed about municipal political matters; views on city development; perceived political forces and their influence on local politics; identification and personal interaction with decision-makers and opinion leaders (sociometric test); ideological orientation and party political activities; newspapers read; local residency; religiousness; memberships. Demography: age; religious denomination; school education; vocational training; occupation; professional career; housing situation; social origins; regional origins.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1963 / 1964
Geographic Coverage
  • Cambridge (US-MA-JHY)
Sampled Universe
Influential personalities of local politics according to an expanded reputation and position approach.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 63
The data set contains the data of a panel survey conducted in two waves. Beyond this there are also data of a sociometric test (79 cases with 1 card each).
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA0248 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Nuttall, Ronald L.; Scheuch, Erwin K.; Gordon, Chad: On the Structure of Influence. In: Clark, Terry N. (Hrsg.): Community Structure And Decision Making: Comparative Analyses. Scranton, Pa.: Chandler 1968, S. 349 - 380

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

Scheuch, Erwin K.; Nuttall, Ronald; Gordon, Chad (1965): Community Power Structure (Cambridge, Mass.). Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Data Archive. Dataset.