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Social Cohesion Radar: Social Cohesion in Bremen

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Unzicker, Kai (Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh)
  • Boehnke, Klaus (Jacobs University, Bremen)
Publication Date
  • IM Field GmbH, Leipzig (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Society, Culture
    • Community, Living Environment
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Migration
    • Community, urban and rural life
  • Abstract

    The Bertelsmann Stiftung has been conducting the ´Social Cohesion Radar´ project since 2012. The aim is to measure the quality of social cohesion in different communities. The study presented here extends the state of knowledge by taking a look at the municipal level. In the fall of 2015, 2,605 representatively selected Bremen citzizens were surveyed on the dimensions of social cohesion in 78 of the 88 districts of Bremen. The survey includes questions on the conditions of cohesion, questions on the effects of cohesion, Bremen-specific questions and questions on the current refugee situation in Bremen. Topics: Duration of residence in the district (year of moving in); satisfaction in the district; solidarity with the city, the district, the district and the neighbourhood (geopolitical identity); desire to move or feeling of belonging to the district; subjective neighbourhood concept; housing: Housing status; social housing construction; apartment size in sqm; number of living spaces; assessment of rent; social network: size of circle of friends and acquaintances in the district; frequency of private meetings with friends, relatives and work colleagues; frequency of random meetings of friends on the street; private meetings with neighbours; trust in fellow human beings: general personal trust; general assessment of helpfulness; trust in strangers; trust in returning a purse lost in the neighbourhood; acceptance of diversity: district a good place for children, people with different daily rhythms, foreigners, migrants, homosexuals, people of different skin colours, refugees; immigrants enrich cultural life in Germany; satisfaction with the composition of the neighbourhood; satisfaction with the neighbourhood activities in the district; satisfaction with the efforts of local politicians towards the neighbourhood; institutional trust: Trust in local political parties or at federal, judicial and municipal level; sense of justice: fair share of the standard of living; infrastructure in the neighbourhood: equipping the neighbourhood with day-care facilities for senior citizens, public green spaces and sports or leisure facilities compared to other neighbourhoods; investment in street maintenance compared to other neighbourhoods; city does not care enough about the neighbourhood; solidarity and helpfulness: personal helpfulness towards strangers; frequency of personal helpfulness in general as well as in the neighbourhood; frequency of lending to neighbours; assessment of helpfulness in the district in general; agreement with the accommodation of refugees in the district; responsibility of the city of Bremen for refugees; respondent offers help for refugees himself; recognition of social rules: various problems in the district (e.g.e.g. dog excrement on the street, wrong parkers, etc.); feeling of security at night in the surroundings and in the residential area; crime in the district; social participation: Interest in politics; interest in local politics; personal commitment to the residential area; type of political commitment in the last twelve months (e.g. assumption of a political office, participation in a demonstration, etc.).); assessment of the refugee situation in Bremen; frequency of Internet use for private purposes; number of books in the household; self-assessment of religiousness; personal values (developing new ideas, wealth, security, amusement, doing good, success, risk-taking, doing right, environment, traditions); general feeling of happiness; general life satisfaction;; agreement to various statements (own life comes close to the ideal, living conditions are excellent, satisfied with life, getting the most important things desired by life so far, would change almost nothing if I could live my life again); self-assessment of general state of health; impairment when climbing stairs by the state of health; chronic diseases. Demography: sex; age (year of birth, month of birth); age grouped; number of landline numbers in the household; household size; number of children in the household; marital status; employment status; group membership if not full-time or part-time; highest vocational qualification; receipt of social assistance; net household income; citizenship; birth of the respondent and his parents in Germany (migration background); language spoken at home. Additionally coded: respondent ID; street name; district name; entry in telephone directory; weighting factor; total of problems in the district; total of political commitment; neighbourhood: only own house, immediate neighbourhood houses, houses in own street, houses in other streets; derived variables.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2015-09-28 / 2015-12-14
Geographic Coverage
  • Bremen (DE-HB)
Sampled Universe
Resident population aged 18 and over in the 78 most populous districts of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen
Time Dimension
  • Cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Telephone interview: CATI
Data and File Information
  • Number of Variables: 184
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA7485 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Arant, Regina; Larsen, Mandi; Boehnke, Klaus: Sozialer Zusammenhalt in Bremen. Gütersloh: Bertelsmann Stiftung, Anlage 2, Methodenbericht, 2016
  • Arant, Regina; Larsen, Mandi; Boehnke, Klaus: Sozialer Zusammenhalt in Bremen. Gütersloh: Bertelsmann Stiftung, Anlage 1, Codebuch, 2016

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 16 | Registration Date: 2019-07-11

Unzicker, Kai; Boehnke, Klaus (2019): Radar gesellschaftlicher Zusammenhalt: Sozialer Zusammenhalt in Bremen. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.