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Detroit Area Study, 1991: Collective Memories (ICPSR 2160)

Principal Investigator(s): Schuman, Howard


For this survey, respondents were asked to consider key historical national and world events since 1930 and to describe the impact of these events upon their lives and why these events seemed especially important. The list of events respondents were queried about included the invention of the television, the decline of communism in eastern Europe, the Korean War, the Great Depression, the civil rights movement, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, space exploration, terrorism and hostage-taking, and the threat of nuclear war. Those queried were also asked about events or changes that were especially poignant to them and whether they kept memorabilia from the past, such as items from World War II, the Holocaust, or the Vietnam War. Specific questions on the events of World War II were included in the survey. Respondents also answered questions regarding events or changes related to their own interests, such as religion, sports, music, television, and films. Background information includes religion, marital status, education, employment, political orientation, and income.

Series: Detroit Area Studies Series

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Study Description


Schuman, Howard. Detroit Area Study, 1991: Collective Memories. ICPSR02160-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2003.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    assassinations, cities, civil rights movement, culture change, Great Depression (1929), Holocaust, hostages, Kennedy, John F., Korean War, life history, nuclear war, political attitudes, political history, social change, social history, space exploration, television, terrorism, twentieth century, Vietnam War, World War II

Geographic Coverage:    Detroit, Michigan, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1991

Date of Collection:   

  • 1991

Universe:    Residents aged 18 years and older in the Michigan counties of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    A multistage area probability sample of housing units in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties. The sample was restricted to adults 18 years of age and over.

Data Source:

telephone interviews

Restrictions: This data collection may not be used for any purpose other than statistical reporting and analysis. Use of these data to learn the identity of any person or establishment is prohibited. To preserve respondent privacy, the original data file is restricted from general dissemination. To obtain this file, researchers must agree to the terms and conditions of a Restricted Data Use Agreement in accordance with existing servicing policies.


Original ICPSR Release:   2002-06-19

Version History:

  • 2005-12-15 On 2005-08-15 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-12-15 to reflect these additions.
  • 2003-07-25 Variable documention in the codebook has been altered to ensure interviewer anonymity.

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