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Detroit Area Study, 1956 [United States]: Orientation on Moral Issues in a Metropolis and The Meaning of Work

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Title:Detroit Area Study, 1956 [United States]: Orientation on Moral Issues in a Metropolis and The Meaning of Work
Study Number:71
Catalog Date:05/07/1998
Primary Investigator(s):Kahn, Robert, Robert Angell, Robert Weiss
Source:DAS
Access Restrictions:No
Abstract:This study sampled a cross-section of adults from the Detroit metropolitan area. Interviews were conducted in the spring of 1956. One emphasis of the 1956 DAS was on the examination of attitudes toward and motivations for working. The study tried to ascertain the importance work had in the respondent's life, the things in the job that made him/her feel important, and the things wanted from the job that it didn't provide. A number of questions related to women working were asked. For example, the respondent was asked for perceptions of how a husband was affected by a working wife, and if there were kinds of jobs women should not have. The second emphasis of the 1956 DAS was on the orientation toward many social and political issues. The respondent was asked for views about the USSR preparing to attack a western European country, a parent not allowing a child to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in school, proposed integration of white schools, and a Communist revolution in a Latin American country. Other subjects were also explored by the 1956 DAS. The respondent's opinion of the Detroit newspaper strike was probed, as was the respondent's satisfaction with the neighborhood. Telephone service and use were also ascertained. Demographic information collected included sex, race, age, education, place of birth, length of residence in the Detroit area, home ownership, length of time at present residence, marital status, number of children, original nationality of husband's and wife's family, political affiliation, amount and sources of income, occupation, and religious affiliation. There are 797 respondents, 7 decks of data per respondent, and 295 variables.
Universe:Adults, 21 years or older, randomly selected from sample household within the Detroit metropolitan area. (Sample restricted to private dwellings.)

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