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Detroit Area Study, 1990: Community Issues

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Mohai, Paul
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Detroit Area Studies Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
cities; communities; community involvement; cost of living; crime; drugs; economic behavior; education; environmental degradation; government services; government spending; housing; job security; law enforcement; police community relations; political affiliation; political attitudes; political participation; racial attitudes; social inequality; social problems; social stratification; taxation; unemployment; welfare services
  • Abstract

    This survey focused on issues and problems facing residents of Detroit and the surrounding metropolitan area in 1990, including environmental concerns, problems with law enforcement and drugs, crime, education, housing, jobs, cost of living, welfare, taxes and government services, government administration, moral values, and other concerns. Respondents were asked about the importance they placed on each issue and the perceived priority the government gave to each issue. Environmental issues were further examined with respect to specific environmental concerns, such as pollution, exposure to hazardous waste, loss or harm to wildlife and/or their habitats, and the depletion and conservation of natural resources. Respondents' degree of political and community involvement was gauged through questions regarding their voting behavior, their work for or involvement with a political party or community organization, and the type of community organizations to which they belonged. Racial attitudes were also probed, with questions on the economic position of African Americans, political and economic equality, and attitudes toward African-American subgroups (young, older, middle class). Demographic information includes respondents' gender, age, marital status, race, ethnicity, area of residence, type of residence, duration of residence, and whether the residence was owned by the respondent or rented. More information about the Detroit Area Studies Project is available on this Web site.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Created online analysis version with question text..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Detroit Area Study, 1990: Community Issues
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1990
  • 1990-04 / 1990-09
    Collection date: 1990-04--1990-09
Geographic Coverage
  • Detroit
  • Michigan
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Adults aged 18 and over residing in households located in the Michigan tri-county area of Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne counties.
One respondent was selected at random from all eligible persons within each household.
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 2881 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Mohai, Paul, Bryant, Bunyan. Is there a 'race' effect on concern for environmental quality?. Public Opinion Quarterly.62, (4), 475-505.1998.
    • ID: 10.1086/297858 (DOI)
  • Mohai, Paul. Gender differences in the perception of most important environmental problems. Race, Gender and Class.5, (1), 153-169.1997.
  • Mohai, Paul. Men, women, and the environment: An examination of the gender gap in environmental concern and activism. Women Working in the Environment.Washington, DC: Taylor and Francis. 1997.
  • Bryant, Bunyan, Mohai, Paul. Environmental racism: Reviewing the evidence. Race and the Incidence of Environmental Hazards.Boulder, CO: Westview Press. 1992.
  • Bryant, Bunyan, Mohai, Paul. Jobs versus the environment: Susceptibility of minorities to environmental blackmail in the Detroit metropolitan area. Rural Sociological Society.. 1992.
  • Mohai, Paul, Bryant, Bunyan. Environmental justice: Weighing race and class as factors in the distribution of environmental hazards. University of Colorado Law Review.63, (4), 921-932.1992.
  • Mohai, Paul, Bryant, Bunyan. Race and Class as Factors in the Distribution of Environmental Hazards: Evidence from the 1990 Detroit Area Study. Association Paper.Rural Sociological Society (RSS). 1992.
  • Mohai, Paul, Bryant, Bunyan. Race, poverty, and the environment: The disadvantaged face greater risks. EPA Journal.18, (1), 6-8.1992.
  • Mohai, Paul, Bryant, Bunyan. Racial Differences in the Perception of Most Important Environmental Problems. Association Paper.American Sociological Association (ASA). 1992.

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

Mohai, Paul (2002): Detroit Area Study, 1990: Community Issues. Version 1. Detroit Area Studies Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.