Detroit Area Study 1966

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Laumann, Edward O. (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
Publication Date
  • Department of Sociology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Group
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Community, urban and rural life
    • Social behaviour and attitudes
  • Abstract

    The social network in an American city and political attitudes among white citizens. Topics: judgement on public expenditures and the economic situation; attitude to work permits for foreigners and desired employment policies of the government; extensive determination of social network; relationship with neighbors and colleagues; friendships; membership in clubs and organizations; leisure activities; social distance to ethnic groups; attitude to race problems and the Klu Klux Klan; attitude to trade unions and communists; religious denomination of parents; social and regional origins; local residency; housing conditions; self-assessment of social class; sympathies in wage conflicts; occupation and success orientation; judgement on various occupations; weekly working hours; educational goals; desired number of children; party preference of respondent and father; naming closest friends. Scales: work satisfaction, authoritarianism, dogmatism, sociability and traditional family ideology. Demography: age; marital status; number of children; ages of children (classified); age and number of siblings; religious denomination; religiousness; school education; occupation; professional career; type of company; household income; head of household; party inclination; party identification; self-assessment of social class. Interviewer rating: willingness to cooperate and language difficulties of respondent; presence of other persons and their influence on the interview; judgement on the building; length of interview. Interviewer observation: while the respondent completed a written part of the survey the interviewer described the living-room of the respondent e.g. all items of furniture in the living-room, the style of furnishing, the condition of the residence, the wallpaper and the carpet design. With some questions the interviewer was asked to provide information on the gestures of the respondent.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1966-04 / 1966-11
Geographic Coverage
  • Michigan (US-MI)
    Greater Detroit
Sampled Universe
White, males born in the USA or Canada between the ages of 21-64 years who are a member of a primary family in the selected areas.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage random sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1013
    Number of Variables: 507
See also the German investigation of F.U. Pappi (ZA Study No. 0516) that in part contains identical questions.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA0533 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Laumann, Edward O.: Bonds of Pluralism: The Form and Substance of Urban Social Networks. New York: Wiley 1973.
  • Laumann, Edward O.; House, James S.: Living Room Styles and Social Attributes: The Patterning of Material Artifacts in a Modern Urban Community. In: Laumann, Edwar O.; Siegel, Paul M.; Hodge, Robert W. (Ed.): The Logic of Social Hierarchies. Chicago: Markham 1970.

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 95 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22