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Detroit Area Study, 1970: Careers in Detroit

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Cole, Robert (University of Michigan. Department of Sociology)
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Detroit Area Studies Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
careers; cities; economic behavior; families; family life; job history; job opportunities; job satisfaction; occupational mobility; political affiliation; political attitudes; political participation
  • Abstract

    This data collection provides information on the jobs and career patterns of 638 male workers aged 16 and older who had worked for pay for six months or longer in the Detroit metropolitan area in 1970. In order to determine the occupational mobility of respondents, detailed questions were asked about job histories. Probed were aspects of the respondents' jobs that were most satisfying to them. Other items assessed the job opportunities that were available to respondents then and in the future, and their feelings about their financial situations relative to the past and the future. Additional items queried respondents about their club memberships and voting behavior, and their views of government. Demographic variables specify age, race, marital status, education, occupation, number of children, religion, political party affiliation, social class status, income, home ownership, and length of residence in the Detroit area. 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: Performed consistency checks..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1970
  • Collection date: 1970
Geographic Coverage
  • Detroit
  • Michigan
  • United States
A total of 638 male workers aged 16 and older who had worked for pay for six months or longer in the Detroit metropolitan area in 1970.
Collection Mode
  • Variables V200 and V318 (YEAR OF R'S BIRTH) appear to be identical as do V199, V244, V245 and V363 (INTERVIEW NUMBER). Variables V634 through V725 are not described in the Variable List and no additional information is available.

2007-01-10 This study, updated from OSIRIS, now includes SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files, a SAS transport (XPORT) file, an 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
  • 7408 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR07408.v2
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    • ID: 10.1111/j.1536-7150.1999.tb03397.x (DOI)
  • Marsden, Peter V., Hurlbert, Jeanne S.. Social Resources and Mobility Outcomes: A Replication and Extension. Social Forces.66, (4), 1038-1059.1988.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Marx, Jonathan. Organizational Recruitment as a Two-Stage Process: A Comparative Analysis of Detroit and Yokohama. Work and Occupations.15, (3), 276-293.1988.
    • ID: 10.1177/0730888488015003003 (DOI)
  • Parker, Robert Nash. Structural constraints and individual career earnings patterns. American Sociological Review.46, (6), 884-892.1981.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Cole, Robert E.. Work, Mobility, and Participation: A Comparative Study of American and Japanese Industry. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. 1979.
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    • ID: (URL)
  • Hawkins, Darnell F.. Nonresponse in Detroit Area Study Surveys: A Ten-Year Analysis. Working Papers in Methodology, Vol. 8.Chapel Hill, NC: Institute for Research in Social Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 1976.
  • Hawkins, Darnell F.. Nonresponse in Detroit Area Study Surveys: A ten year analysis. Dissertation, University of Michigan. 1976.
  • Foote, Andrea. Occupational mobility and the job change: Channels of job information in the Detroit area. Dissertation, University of Michigan. 1973.
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 3 | Registration Date: 2015-06-30

Cole, Robert (1984): Detroit Area Study, 1970: Careers in Detroit. Version 1. Detroit Area Studies Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.