Comparative Project on Class Structure and Class Consciousness: Core and Country-Specific Files (ICPSR 9323)

Published: Feb 17, 1992 View help for published

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Erik Olin, et al. Wright

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This data collection was designed to provide systematic data for analyzing class structure. The central objective of the survey was to develop rigorous measures of the relational dimensions of social inequality (particularly relations of authority, autonomy, and property) to complement data on the gradational dimensions of social inequality (e.g., income, education, and occupational status). In order to explore the macro-properties of class structures and their effects via comparative analysis, the survey was replicated in a number of countries in addition to the United States. This collection presents data for ten countries: the United States (1980), Sweden (1980), Finland (1981), Norway (1982), Canada (1982), Great Britain (1984), West Germany (1985), Denmark (1985), Australia (1986), and Japan (1987). Seven general topic areas are covered: class relations, other aspects of social structural location, organizational context, class biography and class experience, the sexual division of labor in the home, social and political attitudes, and political participation. Questions addressing the respondent's location within class relations cover work-related issues such as supervision, decision-making, autonomy, respondent's location within the organizational hierarchy of the work place, ownership, labor-market position, and income. Information on other aspects of social structural location includes occupation, industry, geographical location, sex, race, and ethnicity of respondents. Among the measures of organizational context are size of employing organization, linkages to the state sector, linkages to larger corporations, and industrial sector. Under the topics of class biography and class experience, information is provided concerning class origins and job histories of the respondent, his or her parents, spouse, and closest friends, and class-relevant experiences such as unemployment, union membership, and participation in a strike.

Wright, Erik Olin. Comparative Project on Class Structure and Class Consciousness: Core and Country-Specific Files. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992-02-17.

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National Science Foundation (SES-8208238, SES-7812189, and SES-8318586.)

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1980 -- 1987
1980 -- 1987

The data are organized in three logical sections: core variables, equivalent variables, and country-specific variables. Core variables represent those originally fielded in the United States, most of which were fielded in the other nine countries as well. Equivalent variables represent those questions that yielded similar but not identical responses across countries, for example education variables. The core and equivalent variables for all countries are presented in one merged data file (Part 1). Users should note that equivalent variables also will be found in the appropriate country-specific data file (Parts 2-9). Country-specific variables represent questions fielded in eight of the ten countries that were not included in the core set of variables. No country-specific variables are provided for the United States or Finland. This collection is a continuation of ICPSR 8413 (CLASS STRUCTURE AND CLASS CONSCIOUSNESS: MERGED MULTI-NATION FILE), which provided data for five countries in one merged data file.

United States: Two-stage cluster sample of telephone numbers in the coterminous United States. Sweden: Random sample drawn from National Register of the Population. Norway: Stratified random sample. Canada: Four-stage replicated probability sample. Finland: Stratified random sample from the population register. Britain: Three-stage stratified random sample. Australia: random sample from the 1981 Australian Census. West Germany: three-stage cluster sample. Denmark: Stratified random sample. Japan: unknown.

United States: Adults 18 years and older either working, not working but wanting to work, or housewives with working spouses. Sweden: Adults aged 18-65 in the work force. Norway: People aged 16-66 either employed, unemployed, or housewives. Canada: Non-institutionalized, non-disabled adult population aged 18 or older either employed, unemployed, or housewives. Finland: Adult population aged 18-65 either employed, unemployed, or housewives. Britain: People aged 16-64 who were not in full-time education. Australia: Employed adults aged 18 or older. West Germany: Adults aged 18-72 in the labor force as either employed or unemployed. Denmark: People aged 15 years or older. Japan: Unknown.

personal and telephone interviews, and mail surveys

survey data



2018-02-15 The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. The previous citation was:
  • Wright, Erik Olin, et al. COMPARATIVE PROJECT ON CLASS STRUCTURE AND CLASS CONSCIOUSNESS: CORE AND COUNTRY-SPECIFIC FILES. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin, Institute for Research on Poverty [producer], 1989. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1990.


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