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Detroit Area Study, 1967: Citizens in Search of Justice (ICPSR 7406)

Principal Investigator(s): Mayhew, Leon, University of Michigan. Department of Sociology; Reiss, A.J., Jr., University of Michigan. Department of Sociology


This study of 780 adults in the Detroit metropolitan area provides information on their experiences with conflict situations and the ways in which they resolved them. Respondents' reactions to some actual events were probed, including problems involving neighbors, landlords, and government agencies, as well as situations of discrimination, and failure to receive entitlements due from insurance companies and government agencies. For each problematic area, respondents were asked to indicate how the conflict was resolved. Also explored were respondents' perceptions of and interactions with lawyers and their views on what could be done if an unfair law or decision were passed. Additional items probed respondents' views of Detroit, their neighborhood, the legal system, and the police. Demographic variables specify age, race, gender, education, marital status, place of birth, nationality, occupation, number of children, religion, home ownership, family income, and length of residence in the Detroit area.

Series: Detroit Area Studies Series

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Study Description


Mayhew, Leon, and A.J. Reiss, Jr. DETROIT AREA STUDY, 1967: CITIZENS IN SEARCH OF JUSTICE. Conducted by University of Michigan, Department of Sociology. ICPSR07406-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer], 1977. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-12-13. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07406.v3

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07406.v3

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    cities, conflict, conflict resolution, discrimination, economic behavior, families, family life, government agencies, judicial process, justice, law enforcement, legal systems, neighborhoods, political affiliation, political attitudes, political participation

Geographic Coverage:    Detroit, Michigan, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1967

Date of Collection:   

  • 1967

Unit of Observation:    individual

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) All references to the OSIRIS card image dataset in the codebook are no longer applicable, as this dataset was previously converted to an ASCII data file. SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup and ready-to-go files have been created. (2) Column specifications in the codebook refer to the original OSIRIS card image dataset and are no longer applicable to the current ASCII data file. (3) Please note Q52A,49-DIDDOB(741)/V318 is an extra, undocumented variable and is not present in the variable list.


Sample:    A total of 780 adults in households in the Detroit metropolitan area in 1967.

Weight:    Please refer to Study Description in the codebook for weighting information.

Data Source:

personal interview

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Performed consistency checks.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-10

Version History:

  • 2006-12-13 This study, updated from OSIRIS, now includes SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files, an SAS transport (XPORT) file, a SPSS portable file, a Stata system file, and an updated codebook.

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