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Detroit Area Study, 1987: A Study of Greater Detroit (ICPSR 6412)

Principal Investigator(s): Alwin, Duane F.


The 1987 Detroit Area Study is a replication of Gerhard Lenski's 1958 study on religion titled DETROIT AREA STUDY, 1958: THE RELIGIOUS FACTOR (ICPSR 7279). In addition to providing standard personal and demographic information such as age, sex, race, religion, marital status, and occupation, the survey also gathered data on the economic and political behavior of respondents and their kinship institutions, as well as the commitment of individuals to socio-religious groups. Questions tapped areas such as inter-group images, class and ethnic distinctions, family and child-rearing patterns, and attitudes toward work, unions, spending, saving, welfare legislation, civil liberties, foreign affairs, minority group rights, and legislation on moral issues. Questions on religion covered doctrinal orthodoxy, the role of religious leaders in politics, and the effect of religion on politics as well as daily life.

Series: Detroit Area Studies Series

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Study Description


Alwin, Duane F. Detroit Area Study, 1987: A Study of Greater Detroit. ICPSR06412-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1997. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06412.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06412.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    cities, civil rights, class identity, economic behavior, ethnicity, families, family life, political affiliation, political attitudes, political participation, politics, religion, religious attitudes, religious behavior, religious beliefs, religious doctrines

Geographic Coverage:    Detroit, Michigan, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1987

Date of Collection:   

  • 1987

Universe:    Adults 21 years and older in the Michigan counties of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Users should ignore the column locations provided in the codebook because they document card image data. Users may obtain column locations for the logical record length data from the SAS and SPSS data definition statements.


Sample:    Multistage area probability sample of housing units.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1995-10-12

Version History:

  • 1998-02-18 The data file and SPSS data definition statements have been revised. Also, the codebook and data collection instrument are now available as PDF files, and SAS data definition statements and an SPSS export file have been added to the collection.

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