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Detroit Area Study, 1967: Citizens in Search of Justice

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Mayhew, Leon (University of Michigan. Department of Sociology)
  • Reiss, A.J., Jr. (University of Michigan. Department of Sociology)
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Detroit Area Studies Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
cities; conflict; conflict resolution; discrimination; economic behavior; families; family life; government agencies; judicial process; justice; law enforcement; legal systems; neighborhoods; political affiliation; political attitudes; political participation
  • Abstract

    This study of 780 adults in the Detroit metropolitan area provides information on their experiences with conflict situations and the ways in which they resolved them. Respondents' reactions to some actual events were probed, including problems involving neighbors, landlords, and government agencies, as well as situations of discrimination, and failure to receive entitlements due from insurance companies and government agencies. For each problematic area, respondents were asked to indicate how the conflict was resolved. Also explored were respondents' perceptions of and interactions with lawyers and their views on what could be done if an unfair law or decision were passed. Additional items probed respondents' views of Detroit, their neighborhood, the legal system, and the police. Demographic variables specify age, race, gender, education, marital status, place of birth, nationality, occupation, number of children, religion, home ownership, family income, and length of residence in the Detroit area.
  • Methods

    Please refer to Study Description in the codebook for weighting information.
  • 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: Performed consistency checks..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1967
  • Collection date: 1967
Geographic Coverage
  • Detroit
  • Michigan
  • United States
A total of 780 adults in households in the Detroit metropolitan area in 1967.
Collection Mode
  • (1) All references to the OSIRIS card image dataset in the codebook are no longer applicable, as this dataset was previously converted to an ASCII data file. SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup and ready-to-go files have been created. (2) Column specifications in the codebook refer to the original OSIRIS card image dataset and are no longer applicable to the current ASCII data file. (3) Please note Q52A,49-DIDDOB(741)/V318 is an extra, undocumented variable and is not present in the variable list.

2006-12-13 This study, updated from OSIRIS, now includes SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files, an SAS transport (XPORT) file, a SPSS portable file, a Stata system file, and an updated codebook.
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 7406 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR07406.v2
  • Silberman, Matthew. The Civil Justice Process: A Sequential Model of the Mobilization of Law. New York: Academic Press. 1985.
  • Silberman, Matthew. Law as Process: The Mobilization of Legal Resources by Claimants. Report to the Law and Social Sciences Program, National Science Foundation. . 1980.
  • Converse, Jean M., Schuman, Howard. Conversations at Random: Survey Research as Interviewers See It. New York: John Wiley & Sons. 1974.
  • Segal, David R., Hikel, Gerald Kent. The emerging independent. American Sociological Association meetings.New York, NY. 1973.
  • Attah, Ernest B.. Some Aspects of Nonresponse in a Metropolitan Survey Sample. Unpublished. 1969.
  • Mayhew, Leon, Reiss, Albert J., Jr.. The social organization of legal contracts. American Sociological Review.34, (3), 309-318.1969.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Warren, Donald. Neighborhood structure and riot behavior in Detroit: Some exploratory findings. Social Problems.16, (4), 464-484.1969.
    • ID: 10.1525/sp.1969.16.4.03a00070 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 3 | Registration Date: 2015-06-30

Mayhew, Leon; Reiss, A.J., Jr. (1984): Detroit Area Study, 1967: Citizens in Search of Justice. Version 1. Detroit Area Studies Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.