Public Violence in Urban Quarters. A Comparative Investigation of Ethnically Different Social Milieus

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Kock, Sonja (Institut für interdisziplinäre Konflikt- und Gewaltforschung (IKG), Universität Bielefeld)
  • Heitmeyer, Wilhelm (Institut für interdisziplinäre Konflikt- und Gewaltforschung (IKG), Universität Bielefeld)
  • Marth, Julia (Institut für interdisziplinäre Konflikt- und Gewaltforschung (IKG), Universität Bielefeld)
  • Schroth, Andreas (Institut für Soziologie, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle Wittenberg)
  • Thome, Helmut (Institut für Soziologie, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle Wittenberg)
  • Wetering, Denis van de (Institut für interdisziplinäre Konflikt- und Gewaltforschung (IKG), Universität Bielefeld)
Publication Date
  • Institut für interdisziplinäre Konflikt- und Gewaltforschung der Universität Bielefeld Institut für Soziologie der Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
    • Community, Living Environment
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Community, urban and rural life
    • Social conditions and indicators
    • Social behaviour and attitudes
    • Crime
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Economic conditions and indicators
  • Abstract

    Public violence in urban quarters: a comparative investigation of ethnically different social milieus. The goal of the research was to identify the specific structure of ethnic difference through a comparison of (a) mono-ethnic, (b) bi-ethnic and (c) multi-ethnic residential environments, investigating whether and to what extent these particular socio-cultural and ethnic constellations can influence, encourage, or prevent the manifestation of individual and group violence. A combination of qualitative and quantitative instruments was applied to elicit data concerning the sphere of small-scale everyday violence. The quantitative part is divided in three parts: 1. To identify the objective reality of each district and the subjective experience of that by the inhabitants the first part is about the inhabitants demography, social environment and perception of their district. Furthermore they were asked to describe their social milieu and especially their fears of and experiences with social desintegration. This also covered their neighbourly relations. 2. The second part contains aspects of the awareness of group-focused enmity and conflicts within the own district. Also asked were questions about the personal values, the feeling of security and affinity towards violence. The evaluation of the society´s condition is measured with questions about generalized trust. 3. The third part operationalizes the chances of one´s influence, the influence of the political system and different aspects of violence and control. The data covers the relation between: - the ethnic formation and the perception of the problems of the propensity of violence withing a district - the awareness of problems and the experience of violence, crime and victimization, the legitimation of violence and the demand for more and stronger controls - value orientations and the individual willingness to use violence - social milieus and voluntary work - perception of own situation and intention of moving.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2004 / 2005
Geographic Coverage
  • Hesse (DE-HE)
    Frankfurt am Main
  • North Rhine-Westphalia (DE-NW)
  • Saxony-Anhalt (DE-ST)
Sampled Universe
Inhabitants of the districts Marxloh in Duisburg, Gallusviertel in Frakfurt on the Main and Silberhöhe in Halle (Saale), aged 18 years and over.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Probability Sample: Stratified Sample
Collection Mode
  • Face-to-face interview: PAPI (Paper and Pencil Interview)
Data and File Information
  • Number of Variables: 412
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA5171 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Heitmeyer, Wilhelm (Hrsg.) (2012): Gewalt in öffentlichen Räumen: zum Einfluss von Bevölkerungs- und Siedlungsstrukturen in städtischen Wohnquartieren (2., überarb. Aufl.). Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften
  • Hohlweg, Jelena; Derr, Maria; Salentin, Kurt (2014): Datenhandbuch Öffentliche Gewalt im Stadtquartier. Eine Studie über die Lebensverhältnisse in ethnisch unterschiedlich strukturierten Stadtquartieren. Bielefeld: IKG Technical Report Nr. 7, Version 1

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 27 | Registration Date: 2015-07-07