chapter  3
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Research Design

ByKarl-Dieter Opp, Peter Hartmann, Petra Hartmann

This chapter provides a brief overview of the samples to test hypotheses about protest behavior: a survey of residents of New York City, a national survey of the Federal Republic of Germany, and a survey of opponents of nuclear energy in the city of Hamburg and a town in its vicinity. The desire to investigate the effects of deprivation on an individual base necessitated micro-level data collection and analysis. The data intended to represent the New York City general public were collected in the following fashion: From the boroughs of New York City, one hundred block locations were chosen as primary sample points, using a systematic random sampling procedure where individual blocks were selected with probability proportionate to the number of housing units. The classification of behaviors as either conventional or as unconventional is facilitated when legality is used as distinguishing criterion.