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Collective Knowledge Survey [Russia], 1994

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Schuman, Howard
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
citizens; internal political conflict; knowledge (awareness); political change; political violence; social change; twentieth century
  • Abstract

    These data explore the knowledge of adult Russians, residing west of the Ural mountains, about a set of events that occurred during the six decades between the Great Purge (1930s) and the beginning of glasnost (1980s). Through face-to-face interviews, respondents were asked about 11 concepts/events from the Soviet period in terms of whether they had heard of the events and, if so, what they referred to. The concepts/events included Yezhovshchina, the Doctors' Plot, the Virgin Lands Campaign, the Twentieth Congress of the CPSU, Laika, the Caribbean Crisis/Cuban Missile Crisis, "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovic", Prague Spring, Katya Lycheva, "Repentance", and "Little Vera". Background information on respondents includes age, sex, education, nationality/ethnicity, languages spoken, household income, region of residence, and political party affiliation.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1994-03 / 1994-04
    Time period: 1994-03--1994-04
Geographic Coverage
  • Russia
  • Global
Collection Mode
  • (1) The data are provided as an SPSS export file. (2) A weight variable has been included to correct for oversampling carried out for Moscow and St. Petersburg. (3) The questions posed in this study were included as part of a larger survey commissioned by Intermedia (Washington, DC), formerly the Media and Opinion Research Department of the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Research Institute. (4) Amy D. Corning served as a special collaborator on this project. (5) This collection has not been processed by ICPSR staff. ICPSR is distributing the data and documentation for this collection in essentially the same form in which they were received. When appropriate, hardcopy documentation has been converted to machine-readable form and variables have been recoded to ensure respondents' anonymity. (6) The codebook, which includes frequencies, is provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided through the ICPSR Website on the Internet.

This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 2882 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Schuman, Howard, Corning, Amy D.. Collective Knowledge of Public Events: The Soviet Era from the Great Purge to Glasnost. American Journal of Sociology.105, (4), 913-956.2000.
    • ID: 10.1086/210396 (DOI)

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

Schuman, Howard (2000): Collective Knowledge Survey [Russia], 1994. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.