Political and Social Divisons in American Society

NEW: 2020

Author:  Ed Nelson
Department of Sociology M/S SS97
California State University, Fresno
Fresno, CA 93740
© The Author,  August 2020.

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The goal of these exercises is to introduce students to the analysis of political and social divisions in American society using the 2018 General Social Survey, a large national probability survey of adults in the U.S.  The focus is on political, gender, socioeconomic, racial, religious, and geographical divisions.  The first six exercises focus on two-variable analysis (i.e., bivariate analysis) and the last six on three-variable analysis (i.e., multivariate analysis).  We use several statistical tools (i.e., crosstabulation, Chi Square, and measures of association). The statistical program we're using is Survey Documentation and Analysis (SDA) written at UC Berkeley and freely available wherever you have an internet connection. There is a brief introduction to SDA at the end of these exercises.