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Class Structure and Class Consciousness: Merged Multi-Nation File

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Wright, Erik O., et al.
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Class Structure and Class Consciousness Series
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • National Science Foundation
Free Keywords
authority; class consciousness; education; family background; gender roles; income; job history; occupational status; political attitudes; political participation; property; social attitudes; social classes; social inequality; social stratification; social structure; workers
  • Abstract

    Data collected in these surveys measure how such social concepts as authority, autonomy, and hierarchy relate to the social, economic, and occupational positions of individuals, thus providing a systematic means for analyzing social class structure. A battery of questions addressed work-related issues such as supervision, decision-making, autonomy, respondent's formal position in the hierarchy, ownership, credentials, and income. Other work- related data describe the size, industrial sector, and government or corporate linkages of the individual's employer. Further information was gathered on the class origins of the respondent's family and of the families of the respondent's spouse and friends. Data on class-related experiences such as unemployment and union participation were also collected, as well as data on the division of power and labor in the household. In addition, the survey contained a broad range of questions on social and political attitudes and on the respondent's political participation.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Merged Multi-Nation File
Temporal Coverage
  • 1980 / 1983
    Time period: 1980--1983
  • 1980 / 1983
    Collection date: 1980--1983
Geographic Coverage
  • Canada
  • Finland
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • United States
  • Global
Sampled Universe
In United States: Adults 18 years and older who were either working, not working but wanting to work, or housewives with working spouses. In Sweden: Adults between the ages of 18-65 who were in the work force. In Norway: People between the ages of 16-66 who were either employed, unemployed, or housewives. In Canada: Non-institutionalized and non-disabled adult population between the ages of 15-65 who were either employed, unemployed or housewives. In Finland: Adult population between the ages of 18-65 who were employed, unemployed or housewives.
In United States: two-stage cluster sample of telephone numbers in the coterminus United States. In Sweden: sample drawn from National Register of the Population. In Norway: stratified random sample. In Canada: multi-stage replicated probability samples. In Finland: stratified random sample from the population register.
Funding insitution(s): National Science Foundation (SES-8208238,SES-7812189, and SES-8318586.).
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8413 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
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    • ID: 10.1177/019251300021004003 (DOI)
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Wright, Erik O., et al. (1985): Class Structure and Class Consciousness: Merged Multi-Nation File. Version 1. Class Structure and Class Consciousness Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.