Identity Conflicts and Search for Identity of the East Germans December 1990

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Projektgruppe Identitätswandel, Stiftung Gesellschaftsanalyse, Berlin
Publication Date
  • Projektgruppe Identitaetswandel, Stiftung Gesellschaftsanalyse, Berlin Institut fuer Sozialdatenanalyse, Berlin (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Cultural and national identity
    • Social conditions and indicators
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
  • Abstract

    National identity and political attitudes in the process of German-German unification. Topics: Judgement on the unification contract; personal role in the German-German unification process; today's assessment of the expectations of unification; effects of currency, economic and social union on personal standard of living; national identity; understanding of native country; ties to state; significance of the formation of the new states; assessment of the development of the GDR; those responsible for the break-up of the GDR; things typical of the GDR; orientation of today's history instruction on FRG and/or GDR history; reasons for the problems in Eastern Germany (scale); desired regulations in the constitution; dealing with problems of daily life such as prices, tax law, competition principle, traffic density, product selection, mailbox advertising, loss of job, church taxes, personal financial expenditures, insurance questions and rent law; trust in the market economy, politicians, common sense, democracy, the principle of rule by law, solidarity of the citizens, trade unions, friends, family, one's own person; influx of foreigners; admission of politically persecuted; orientation on Eastern and Western Europe; relation of Germany to Sweden, USSR, USA, Poland, England, Czechoslovakia, France and China; place of residence; state.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1990-12
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    Eastern Germany
Sampled Universe
The residential population 18 years old and older.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Simple random selection
Collection Mode
  • Mail survey
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 860
    Number of Variables: 93
Comparable studies are archived under ZA Study Nos. 6407 and 6559-6563.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA6406 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Eckert, D.; Hofmann, J.; Meier, H.: Identitätskonflikte und Identitätssuche der Ostdeutschen auf dem Weg zum Bundesbürger. In: Brandenburger Verein für politische Bildung "Rosa Luxemburg" e.V. (Hrsg.). Potsdam 1992. GESIS-Außenstelle, Bereich Zentralarchiv: FOB-2002.
  • Eckert, D.; Fischer, G.; Hofmann, J.; Meier, H.; Weckesser, E.: Identitätskonflikte, Reaktionen und Neuorientierungen in der ostdeutschen Bevölkerung beim Übergang in die Gesellschaft der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Forschungsbericht. Berlin 1992. GESIS-Außenstelle, Bereich Zentralarchiv: FOB-2015.

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 88 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22