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Survey of Botswana Political Participation, 1970: Secondary School Sample (ICPSR 7351)

Principal Investigator(s): Holm, John D.


This study is part of a larger investigation that focused on political awareness and participation in Botswana. Three separate surveys were conducted, with an elite sample (SURVEY OF BOTSWANA POLITICAL PARTICIPATION, 1970: ELITE SAMPLE [ICPSR 7350]), a sample of the adult population ((SURVEY OF BOTSWANA POLITICAL PARTICIPATION, 1970: MASS SAMPLE [ICPSR 7362]), and a sample of secondary school students (the present study). The questionnaire elicited views on the structure of local and national decision-making processes and the relationship between traditional (tribal) and modern (elected) loci of power. Variables assessed respondents' perceptions of the power structure, their participation in local politics and other decision-making processes, their political knowledge, and views of community cohesion. Demographic data include age, sex, religion, tribal affiliation, intra-tribal class, media usage, parents' occupations, and sources of income.

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Study Description


Holm, John D. SURVEY OF BOTSWANA POLITICAL PARTICIPATION, 1970: SECONDARY SCHOOL SAMPLE. Cleveland, OH: John D. Holm, Cleveland State University, Dept. of Political Science [producer], 1970. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1976. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07351.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07351.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    community decision making, cultural values, local politics, national politics, political awareness, political participation, public officials, public opinion, social attitudes

Geographic Coverage:    Africa, Botswana, Global

Time Period:   

  • 1970

Date of Collection:   

  • 1970-09

Universe:    Secondary-school students in Botswana.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    Three vocational ("workers' brigade") schools and five regular secondary schools with different curricula, student-body compositions, and sources of financial support were selected for the sample. Classes of beginning, intermediate, and graduating students were then selected within the sampled schools and all students in these classes were asked to complete the questionnaire.

Data Source:

self-enumerated questionnaires


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-06-20

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