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Study Number: SA-009-001-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1971

Subject Area: Attitudes Toward Self and Society

Bibliographic Citation: Detroit area study, 1971: social problems and social change in Detroit.  [machine-readable data file] / Duncan, Otis Dudley  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 7325

Comments: This study was also received on ICPSR Release CD0016 (DPLS 7176). This release may contain some differences from other copies.

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: 1 volume hard copy.

Abstract: The study was conducted during the spring and summer of 1971. The aim of the 1971 Detroit Area Study was to gather information on social change in the Detroit area by replicating items from nine earlier Detroit Area Studies which were conducted in 1953-1959, 1968, and 1969. The criteria used for selecting the question items were that they 1) not be dated by wording or subject matter, 2) be relevant to some problem of current public concern or a continuing issue of sociological theory, and 3) be of the type that would be manageable in a long interview on diverse subjects. The questions chosen to be included in the 1971 Detroit Area Study examined such issues as values in marriage, ideal number of children, satisfaction of wives with marriage, decision-making and division of labor within a marriage, attitudes toward women and work, child rearing, social participation, religious participation and beliefs, moral and job values, political orientation and participation, evaluation of various institutions, and racial attitudes. In addition to the items replicated from the previous studies the respondent's attitudes toward the United States sending troops to Vietnam were explored. Background variables established the respondent's age, sex, race, educational level, marital status, occupation, class identification, and relationship to head of household. Demographic information was also collected on the respondent's spouse and parents. There are 1,881 respondents, 9 decks of data per respondent, and 406 variables.

SUBJECT TERMS: family. political participation. racial attitudes. social attitudes and behavior. social change. urban affairs. values. Michigan-Detroit.


Duncan, O.D., H. Schuman, and B. Duncan. Social Change in a Metropolitan Community, New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 1973.

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