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Grocery Retailers

Resource Type
  • Hagemann, Friedhelm (Institut für Mittelstandsforschung, Soziologische Abteilung, Köln)
Publication Date
  • Institut fuer Mittelstandsforschung, Soziologische Abteilung, Koeln (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Occupation, Profession
  • Abstract

    Socio-economic and economic policy views of independent retailers in the Cologne retail grocery trade. Topics: number of employees and trainees; family members employed; hours worked each week; start of self-employment; previous employment and educational history; advantages of not being self-employed; provision for old age; membership in a cooperative society and the retail association; reasons for memberships; judgement on regulations for admission as a grocer; attitude to rationalization in trade; use of special offers to promote sales; managing the rate of turnover; interest in expansion of business; policy on product variety and specialization; costing procedure; support for price fixing; renovation of business premises; reading trade papers and books; general life satisfaction; perceived social classes; self-evaluation of social class; social origins; characterization of the middle classes; party preference; turnover and turnover development; reasons for increase or decrease in turnover; profit situation and profit tendency; relationship of personal capital to outside capital; other property; business in one´s home; taking of goods for personal use; attitude to government measures to support the retail grocery trade; future plans for one´s own children; class assessment of selected occupations. Indices: prosperity; reading standard; housing and social class. Demography: age (classified); sex; marital status; number of children; ages of children (classified); school education; vocational training; income; household income; size of household; housing situation; self-assessment of social class; possession of durable economic goods; possession of assets; membership. Interviewer rating: location of business; position relative to transport system; display windows; access to business; front of business; window decoration; size and condition of shop premises, general impression of business and respondent; sincerity and willingness of respondent to cooperate; length of interview; interview surroundings.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1959-04 / 1959-05
Geographic Coverage
  • Cologne (DE-NW-CGN)
Sampled Universe
Owners of retail grocery stores
Simple random sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral interview with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 151
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA0415 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Hagemann, Friedhelm: Zur sozialen Lage im selbständigen Lebensmitteleinzelhandel. Köln, Universität, Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät, Diss., 1960.
  • Hagemann, Friedhelm: Der Beruf des Lebensmittel-Einzelhändlers. In: König, Rene (Hrsg.): Soziologische Probleme mittelständischer Berufe: I. Teil. Köln: Westdeutscher Verlag 1962, S. 15 - 56. (Abhandlungen zur Mittelstandsforschung).

Update Metadata: 2017-12-28 | Issue Number: 86 | Registration Date: 2010-07-21

Hagemann, Friedhelm (1959): Lebensmittel-Einzelhändler. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.