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Darmstadt Study (Public Opinion)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Institut für Sozialwissenschaftliche Forschung, Darmstadt
Publication Date
  • Institut fuer Sozialwissenschaftliche Forschung, Darmstadt (Data Collector)
  • Reactions Analysis Unit, Public Affairs Office, HICOG, Frankfurt/Main (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Society, Culture
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Cultural activities and participation
    • Social behaviour and attitudes
    • Government, political systems and organisation
  • Abstract

    Attitude to current problems, authorities, parties, trade unions and the church as well as questions from the areas of culture and education. Topics: common residence with spouse; number of children; occupation exercised and social position in 1938 as well as in the survey year; union membership; party membership; party preference; monthly net income of the family and the persons living from it; local residency; refugee or regional origin; bombed out; greatest concerns and difficulties; going to the movies; preferred films; frequency of visits to the state theater and satisfaction with the theater; wishes for structuring the program; use of offerings of the America House; attendance at a public forum and films of the school film program in the village; reading newspapers; attitude to the parties and their job; satisfaction with job of the city council; judgement on the job of the authorities and personal contact with authorities; attitude to trade unions and strike; concepts of the work of a works council and preferred co-determination areas; assessment of the significance of an epidemic illness in Darmstadt and judgement on the necessity of official preventive measures; attitude to a increased industrialization of Darmstadt; preference for city or country regarding residence and work; assumed city-country difference; completed insurance policies; attitude to compulsory insurance; manner of provision for old age; attitude to church; tasks of the church; educational goals in school, parental home and church. Demography: age; sex; marital status; number of children; ages of children (classified); religious denomination; frequency of church attendance; school education; occupation; occupational position; household income; size of household. Interviewer rating: social class of respondent.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1950
Geographic Coverage
  • Darmstadt (DE-HE-DAR)
    Darmstadt and vicinity
Sampled Universe
Persons 21 years and older from the resident registries of the city of Darmstadt and the municipalities Alsbach, Schneppenhausen, Spachbruecken and Ober-Mossau.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Random selection
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 804
The ZA Study Nos. 1572 to 1577 are part of a comprehensive investigation about the socio-economic life of a medium-size, bombed-out city and its surrounding area. The study is also known as ´German middle town survey´.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1573 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Grüneisen, Karl-Günther: Landbevölkerung im Kraftfeld der Stadt. Darmstadt 1952. (Gemeindestudie des Instituts für Sozialwissenschaftliche Forschung, Darmstadt, Monographie 2)
  • Lindemann, Klaus A.: Behörde und Bürger. Darmstadt 1952. (Gemeindestudie des Instituts für Sozialwissenschaftliche Forschung, Darmstadt, Monographie 8)
  • Anderson, Nels: Die Darmstadt-Studie - Ein informeller Rückblick. In: König, Rene (Hrsg.): Soziologie der Gemeinde. Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie. Sonderheft 1. Köln und Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag 1956, S. 144 - 151.
  • Ferber, Christian von: Die Gemeindestudie des Instituts für Sozialwissenschaftliche Forschung, Darmstadt. In: König, Rene (Hrsg.): Soziologie der Gemeinde. Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie. Sonderheft 1. Köln und Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag 1956, S. 152 - 171.
  • Arnold, Alexia: Reorientation durch Wissenschaftstransfer: Eine wissenschaftsgeschichtliche Rekonstruktion der Darmstadt-Studie (1948-1954) aus soziologischer Perspektive. Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft 2010 (Schriftenreihe Theorie und Geschichte der Soziologie, Band 1)

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 88 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

Institut für Sozialwissenschaftliche Forschung, Darmstadt (1972): Darmstadt-Studie (Öffentliche Meinung). Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.