Detroit Area Study, 1991: Collective Memories

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Schuman, Howard
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Detroit Area Studies Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
assassinations; cities; civil rights movement; culture change; Great Depression (1929); Holocaust; hostages; Kennedy, John F.; Korean War; life history; nuclear war; political attitudes; political history; social change; social history; space exploration; television; terrorism; twentieth century; Vietnam War; World War II
  • Abstract

    For this survey, respondents were asked to consider key historical national and world events since 1930 and to describe the impact of these events upon their lives and why these events seemed especially important. The list of events respondents were queried about included the invention of the television, the decline of communism in eastern Europe, the Korean War, the Great Depression, the civil rights movement, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, space exploration, terrorism and hostage-taking, and the threat of nuclear war. Those queried were also asked about events or changes that were especially poignant to them and whether they kept memorabilia from the past, such as items from World War II, the Holocaust, or the Vietnam War. Specific questions on the events of World War II were included in the survey. Respondents also answered questions regarding events or changes related to their own interests, such as religion, sports, music, television, and films. Background information includes religion, marital status, education, employment, political orientation, and income. More information about the Detroit Area Studies Project is available on this Web site.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Detroit Area Study, 1991: Collective Memories, Dataset 0001
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1991
  • Collection date: 1991
Geographic Coverage
  • Detroit
  • Michigan
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Residents aged 18 years and older in the Michigan counties of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb.
A multistage area probability sample of housing units in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties. The sample was restricted to adults 18 years of age and over.
2005-12-15 On 2005-08-15 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-12-15 to reflect these additions.2003-07-25 Variable documention in the codebook has been altered to ensure interviewer anonymity.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 2160 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR02160.v1
  • Belli, Robert F., Schuman, Howard, Jackson, Benita. Autobiographical misremembering: John Dean is not alone. Applied Cognitive Psychology.11, (3), 187-209.1997.
    • ID: 10.1002/(SICI)1099-0720(199706)11:3<187::AID-ACP446>3.0.CO;2-K (DOI)
  • Schuman, Howard, Belli, Robert F., Bischoping, Katherine. The generational basis of historical knowledge. Collective Memory of Political Events: Social Psychological Perspectives.Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. 1997.
  • Belli, Robert F., Schuman, Howard. The complexity of ignorance. Qualitative Sociology.19, (3), 423-430.1996.
    • ID: 10.1007/BF02393279 (DOI)
  • Schuman, Howard, Krysan, Maria. A study of far right ressentiment in America. International Journal of Public Opinion Research.8, (1), 10-30.1996.
    • ID: 10.1093/ijpor/8.1.10 (DOI)
  • Willimack, Diane K., Schuman, Howard, Pennell, Beth-Ellen, Lepkowski, James M.. Effects of a prepaid nonmonetary incentive on response rates and response quality in face-to-face survey. Public Opinion Quarterly.59, (1), 78 -1995.
    • ID: 10.1086/269459 (DOI)
  • Lee, Valerie E., Croninger, Robert G., Smith, Julia B.. Parental Choice of Schools and Social Stratification in Education: The Paradox of Detroit. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis.16, (4), 434-457.1994.
  • Schuman, Howard, Rieger, Cheryl. Historical Analogies, Generational Effects, and Attitudes Toward War. American Sociological Review.57, (3), 315-326.1992.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Schuman, Howard, Scott, Jacqueline, Kosolapova, M.S.. Generations and collective memories / Kollektivnaya pamyat' pokoleniy. Sotsiologicheskie Issledovaniya.19, (2), 47-60.1992.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15