Detroit Area Studies (DAS)
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The Detroit Area Study (DAS) was a practicum in survey research at the University of Michigan (UM) from 1952 to 2004. In 1951, Angus Campbell, the first director of UM’s relatively new Survey Research Center (SRC) put forth the idea of establishing a “Training and Research Laboratory in the Community” (i.e., the Detroit area). The laboratory would have three explicit purposes: (1) to provide a research facility through which basic research can be conducted by social scientists at the University of Michigan, (2) to provide an agency for training graduate students of the social sciences in basic research techniques, and (3) to make available social science data of value to the Detroit community.
DAS was launched in 1951 with the help of a Ford Foundation grant secured by Ronald Freedman, a UM professor of sociology and colleague of Campbell (Freedman, 1953). The first DAS was conducted in 1952 under the direction of Freedman...
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