Detroit Area Studies Series

Investigator(s): Daniel Miller, Daniel Katz, Robert Kahn, and Willard Rogers et. al.

The Detroit Area Studies series was initiated in 1951 at the University of Michigan and was carried out nearly every year until 2004. The Department of Sociology and the Survey Research Center of the Institute for Social Research were associated with the development of the series. It was initially supported by funds from the Ford Foundation, but after 1988 the University of Michigan provided primary financial support for the series, with supplemental funding obtained frequently from outside sources. The purpose of these surveys was to provide practical social research training for graduate students and reliable data on the Greater Detroit community. Each survey probed a different aspect of personal and public life, economic and political behavior, political attitudes, professional and family life, and living experiences in the Detroit metropolitan area. The different specific problems investigated each year were selected by the executive committee of the project.

For more information, please read the On the Occasion of the 37th Detroit Area Study (PDF 154K), which provides a detailed history of the DAS.

Overview Publications

Data in the Series

Study
Detroit Area Study, 2002
Detroit Area Study, 2001: Quality of Life in the Metro-Detroit Area
Detroit Area Study, 1989: Political Participation in the Detroit Area
Detroit Area Study, 1988: Perspectives on the Care of the Elderly
Detroit Area Study and Chicago Area Study, 2004
Detroit Area Study, 1987: A Study of Greater Detroit
Detroit Area Study, 1985: Life Events in Everyday Experience
Detroit Area Study, 1998: White Racial Ideology
Detroit Area Study, 1953: Child Training Patterns Among Urban Families and Attitudes and Perceptions of Consensus of Group Members
Detroit Area Study, 1954: Ideal Family Size in Detroit and Administrative Behavior in a Metropolitan Community
Detroit Area Study, 1955: A Description of Urban Kinship Patterns and The Urban Family
Detroit Area Study, 1993: Health and Aging
Detroit Area Study, 1956: Orientation on Moral Issues in a Metropolis and The Meaning of Work
Detroit Area Study, 1997: Social Change in Religion and Child Rearing
Detroit Area Study, 1999: Life and Death Decision Making
Detroit Area Study, 1959: The Vitality of Supernatural Experience and a Fiscal Research Program
Detroit Area Study, 1968: Black Attitudes in Detroit
Detroit Area Study, 1971: Social Problems and Social Change in Detroit
Detroit Area Study, 1994: Impact of Education on Attitudes
Quality of Life in the Detroit Metropolitan Area, 1975
Detroit Arab American Study (DAAS), 2003
Detroit Area Study, 1992: Social Change in Detroit
Detroit Area Study, 1990: Community Issues
Detroit Area Study, 1957: Leader Survey
Detroit Area Study, 1995: Social Influence on Health: Stress, Racism, and Health Protective Resources
Detroit Area Study, 1979: A Study of Metropolitan Issues
Detroit Area Study, 1980: The Sociology of Knowledge and the Quality of Life in Detroit
Detroit Area Study, 1981: A Study of the Family
Detroit Area Study, 1982: Child Rearing Values and Practices
Detroit Area Study, 1983: Attitudes and Experiences in Detroit
Detroit Area Study, 1984: The Process of Mate Choice and Nuptiality in Detroit
Detroit Area Study, 1974: A Study of Women's Labor Force Participation
Detroit Area Study, 1972: A Comparative Study on Personnel Practices in Private Firms
Detroit Area Study, 1976: A Study of Metropolitan and Neighborhood Problems
Detroit Area Study, 1973: A Study of the Civil Military Interface and the Application of Laboratory Methodologies in a Survey Setting
Detroit Area Study, 1975: A Study of Community Life and Politics
Detroit Area Study, 2003: Information and Values in Today's Society
Detroit Area Study, 1960: Labor and Leisure in the Urban Community, A Study of Social Order and Social Change
Detroit Area Study, 1962: Family Growth in Detroit
Detroit Area Study, 1963: A Study of Family-School Relationships in Detroit
Detroit Area Study, 1964: The Measurement and Validation of International Attitudes
Detroit Area Study, 1965: A Study of Placement of Events in Time
Detroit Area Study, 1966: Stratified Association and Values in the Urban Community
Detroit Area Study, 1967: Citizens in Search of Justice
Detroit Area Study, 1958: The Religious Factor
Detroit Area Study, 1969: White Attitudes and Actions on Urban Problems
Detroit Area Study, 1957: Party Leadership and Political Behavior and Intra-Class Correlation of Attitudes in Detroit
Detroit Area Study, 1991: Collective Memories
Detroit Area Study, 1970: Careers in Detroit
Detroit Area Study, 1961: Work Group Influence and Political Participation
Detroit Area Study, 1996: Social Interaction and Survey Participation
Detroit Area Study, 1977: Attitude-Behavior Consistency and Attribution of Responsibility
Detroit Area Study 1978: A Study of the Family