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Alienation: An Organizational Societal Comparison, 1972 (ICPSR 7343)

Principal Investigator(s): Payne, David


This study collected data from samples of workers drawn in a textile mill, a newspaper, and two commercial printing firms in North Carolina. Three slightly different questionnaires were administered in each organization, questionnaires A (135 respondents) and B (132 respondents) being subsets of the full questionnaire C (122 respondents). The resulting data were organized into one master file from which subsamples according to questionnaire form can be obtained. Variables focused on the respondents' participation in governmental and company decisions and assessed their interest in these areas and feelings of efficacy. Demographic variables include sex, age, race, income, and education.

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Study Description


Payne, David. Alienation: An Organizational Societal Comparison, 1972. ICPSR07343-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-05-12. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07343.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07343.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    alienation, anomie, apathy, community involvement, decision making, human behavior, organizational behavior, organizational culture, participation, powerlessness, social attitudes, work attitudes, workers, workplaces

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1972

Date of Collection:   

  • 1972-04--1972-05

Universe:    Workers in a textile mill, a newspaper, and two commercial printing firms in North Carolina.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    A random sample of workers was drawn within each firm.

Data Source:

self-enumerated questionnaires

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:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-03

Version History:

  • 2009-05-12 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.



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