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East German Residential Milieu in Change

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Herlyn, Ulfert (Institut für Freiraumentwicklung und Planungsbezogene Soziologie der Universität Hannover)
  • Hunger, Bernd (Stadtbüro Hunger, Stadtforschung und -planung, Berlin)
Publication Date
  • Institut fuer Freiraumentwicklung und Planungsbezogene Soziologie der Universitaet Hannover (Data Collector)
  • Stadtbuero Hunger, Stadtforschung und -planung, Berlin (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Community, Living Environment
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Employment
    • Community, urban and rural life
    • Social conditions and indicators
    • Social stratification and groupings
    • Transport, travel and mobility
    • Housing
  • Abstract

    Judgement on housing situation before and after the turning point. Topics: Residence: satisfaction with housing; most important advantages and disadvantages of the residence as well as of the residential area; length of residing in residence, in residential area as well as in city; members of the household; number of rooms; size of residence in square meters; residence equipment; renovation or modernization of the residence conducted personally before or after the currency union; personal participation in renovation work; comparison of residence shortage with the immediate vicinity; willingness to help with maintenance; residential status; rent costs (basic rent and rent including heating) before and after the currency union; receipt of housing benefit; reasons for possible intent to move; preference for other city or other part of town; most important change in the housing situation since the turning point; shopping place; satisfaction with shopping opportunities in residential area. Residential area: frequencies of use of and satisfaction with green areas, sport facilities, old meeting places, offerings of the church parishes, kindergartens, children´s play areas and facilities for young people; characterization of the residential area (semantic differential); changes in the residential area since the turning point. Neighborhood: integration in the neighborhood; assistance in the neighborhood; mutual visits; frequency of visits; relatives or friends and acquaintances in the residential area or in the part of town; size of group of persons and frequency of visit contacts; effects of the turning point on neighborhood relations (scale); judgement on the so-called house books from the time of the GDR; depression and fear of the future (scale). Planning in the residential area: interest in the local part of the newspaper; political involvement in the residential area before the turning point; changes in this involvement since the turning point; preferred sources of information in city planning; possible forms of personal political involvement; attitude to renovation measures in the residential area (scale). City: local ties; most important demands of an ideal city and satisfaction with these demands at place of residence; favorite place in the city; unpleasant parts of town; frequency of trips downtown; desired changes in the city. Work: employment of respondent and partner; place of work in vicinity of residence; opportunities for second occupation in the residential area; personal secondary occupation; current employment situation in household as well as before the turning point; assumed reasons for increased employment of women in the GDR; importance of areas of life; shifting of this importance since the turning point. Leisure time: having a yard; preferred place of leisure time; change of leisure behavior since the turning point; preferred place of leisure time for the children; memberships. Traffic: possession of car, bicycle or moped before currency union and at time of survey; possession of garage; means of transport used for the drive to work, in leisure time and for larger purchases; change in use of various means of transport since the turning point; most important reasons for this; preferred measures to improve the traffic situation in the residential area; judgement on the parking situation; acceptable distance and monthly rent for the nearest garage. Demography. Also encoded was: readiness of respondent for a further interview; interview in residence of respondent; interest of respondent in survey; assessment of productivity of a possible intensive interview; residential building size and number of floors; length of interview; identification of interviewer.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1992-05 / 1992-09
Geographic Coverage
  • Halle (DE-ST-HAL)
  • Wittenberg (DE-ST-WTG)
Sampled Universe
Resident population
Sampling Procedure Comment: Simple random selection of addresses from the resident card file in Wittenberg and sample of respondents according to the random-route procedure in Halle
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 587
    Number of Variables: 359
The survey in Wittenberg took place in May 1992, in Halle in September 1992. The questionnaires are in the significant parts the same.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA2653 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Herlyn, Ulfert; Hunger, Bernd (Hrsg.): Ostdeutsche Wohnmilieus im Wandel: Eine Untersuchung ausgewählter Stadtgebiete als sozialplanerischer Beitrag zur Stadterneuerung. Basel: Birkhäuser Verlag, 1994.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 90 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

Herlyn, Ulfert; Hunger, Bernd (1995): Ostdeutsche Wohnmilieus im Wandel. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.