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Prestige and Association in an Urban Community

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Laumann, Edward O. (Joint Center for Urban Studies, M.I.T. and Harvard University)
Publication Date
  • Joint Center for Urban Studies, M.I.T. and Harvard University (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Community, Living Environment
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Community, urban and rural life
  • Abstract

    The significance of occupational prestige and social classes in two American cities. Topics: Economic ideology; attitude to business concentration, trade unions, entrepreneurs, strike, co-determination and government takeover of supply companies; self-assessment of social class and criteria for the assessment of social class; friendships; neighborhood contacts; feeling of belonging and class consciousness; social mobility; work satisfaction; significance of occupational prospects of promotion; local residency; memberships; party preference. Scale: social distance from selected occupations. Demography: age; marital status; number of children; religious denomination; school education; vocational training; occupation; professional position; professional career; social origins.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1963-06 / 1963-07
Geographic Coverage
  • Cambridge (US-MA-JHY)
  • Massachusetts (US-MA)
Sampled Universe
Male whites, who had lived for at least 1 year in the cities named.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Stratified random sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 422
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA0370 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Laumann, Edward O.: Prestige and Association in an Urban Community: An Analysis of an Urban Stratification System. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill 1966

Update Metadata: 2020-10-20 | Issue Number: 94 | Registration Date: 2010-07-21

Laumann, Edward O. (1963): Prestige and Association in an Urban Community. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Data Archive. Dataset.