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Detroit Area Study, 1966: Stratified Association and Values in the Urban Community (ICPSR 7405)

Principal Investigator(s): Laumann, Edward O.


This study of 1,013 adult white males aged 21-64 in the Detroit metropolitan area provides information on their opinions of certain public and personal issues, as well as the pattern of their friendship networks. Respondents were asked about their friends, jobs, leisure time activities, and interests, as well as their attitudes toward certain political issues. Data are provided on respondents' social and work associations, and their interactions among a common group of friends. Other items elicited respondents' views on immigration, labor unions, the role of government, government spending on public schools, public parks, and county hospitals, income-earning work, racial imbalance in schools, the role of the husband in household chores responsibility, Communists, Ku Klux Klansmen, the ideal number of children for the average American family, and success. Additional items provide information on respondents' membership in organizations and clubs, their use of free time, and their home furnishings. Demographic variables include age, sex, marital status, country of birth, education, occupation, religion, political party affiliation, home ownership, family income, original nationality of parents, number of children, social class identification, and length of residence in the Detroit area.

More information about the Detroit Area Studies Project is available on this Web site.

Series: Detroit Area Studies Series

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Study Description


Laumann, Edward O. Detroit Area Study, 1966: Stratified Association and Values in the Urban Community. ICPSR07405-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2002. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07405

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07405.v3

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    cities, economic behavior, families, family life, friendships, immigration, labor unions, leisure, males, political affiliation, political attitudes, political participation, race, social issues, social networks, social values, work

Geographic Coverage:    Detroit, Michigan, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1966

Date of Collection:   

  • 1966

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    A total of 1,013 adult white males aged 21-64 in the Detroit metropolitan area in 1966.

Data Source:

personal interviews

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.
  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-10

Version History:

  • 2011-12-14 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.

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