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Population and Technical Progress

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Schmelzer, Horst (Forschungsgruppe "Soziologie der Technik" Forschungsinstitut für Soziologie, Universität zu Köln)
Publication Date
  • Forschungsinstitut fuer Soziologie, Universitaet zu Koeln (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Technology, Energy
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Social change
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Science and technology
  • Abstract

    Relationship of the population of Cologne to technical progress and willingness to accept innovations. Topics: Interest in technology; technical talent and technical knowledge; sources of information about technology; evaluation of the speed of technical progress; associations with the term technology; attitude to technology (scale); evaluation of the effect of technology on various areas of life of the people and on the environment; evaluation of success up to now of scientific research as well as of the possibilities and limits of scientific research in the future; benefit of space travel; attitudes to equal rights for women, the contraceptive pill, the death penalty, sexuality and fashion (scale); attitude to coeducation; tasks of the school; perceived influence of special interest groups on politics and society; attitude to left-wing and right-wing radicalism in the civil service, the NPD, the KPD prohibition, military service and empirical social research; membership in clubs and organizations; ideas about the school education of boys and girls; behavior at the polls in the Federal Parliament election 1965 and party preference; religiousness. Demography: age (classified); sex; marital status; number of children; religious denomination; occupation; head of household; self-assessment of social class; social origins; place of birth; regional origins; refugee status; membership. Interviewer rating: social class and willingness of respondent to cooperate; presence of other persons and their degree of relationship to respondent; sincerity of the responses; frequency and length of interruptions of interview; number of contact attempts; reasons for lack of interview with multiple contact attempts.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1967-06 / 1967-07
Geographic Coverage
  • Cologne (DE-NW-CGN)
Sampled Universe
Age: 18 and older.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Simple random selection of persons from the resident registry.
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 800
The current data set contains the data from 584 successfully conducted interviews. For 216 drop-outs demographic data and the contact data such as e.g. number of contact attempts, time of contact and reason for drop-out are available.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA0393 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Kops, Manfred: Die sozialen Voraussetzungen des technischen Fortschritts: Zwischenbericht zur Vorlage bei der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft. Köln: Institut für vergleichende Sozialforschung 1972

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

Schmelzer, Horst (1967): Bevölkerung und technischer Fortschritt. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.