Family and Class in a London Suburb

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APPENDIX 2
INTERVIEWERS' INSTRUCTIONS AND INTERVIEW SCHEDULE
FOR GENERAL SURVEY

NOTES AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR INTERVIEWERS

1. The Institute

The Institute of Community Studies is an independent research institute whose work is financed by philanthropic trusts. Since the Institute was started in 1954, we have published three books dealing with life in the East End of London -- one on housing, one on the care of old people, and one on the problems of widows. But these enquiries were limited by being in a predominantly 'working-class' area, and an obvious next step was to investigate a 'middle-class' district. The area we chose was the suburb of Woodford.


2. Earlier Research in Woodford

We began our study of Woodford (actually the Borough of Wanstead and Woodford) about eighteen months ago. The main idea was to see in what ways a suburb like this was different from the East End, and we decided at the outset to concentrate on the old people and find out how their needs differed in this contrasted district. We interviewed a small sample of old people and the main results of this research were given in a lecture at the British Association's meeting last year. Since this was written up in the local and national Press (and featured in Tonight on B.B.C. Television), some local people will have heard about it. The main finding of these interviews was that on the whole the old people in this district were being cared for and supported by children and other relatives, often going to live with their married children when they were widowed or infirm. One of the things that came out also was

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction vii
  • I- Profile of a Suburb 1
  • II- House-Centred Couples 15
  • III- Generations Apart 28
  • IV- Are the Parents Deserted? 36
  • V- Growing Old without Children 51
  • VI- Mothers and Daughters 61
  • VII- Class and Family Visiting 77
  • VIII- The Organization of Sociability 87
  • IX- The Pattern of Friendship 99
  • X- The Tensions of Social Class 111
  • XI- In Conclusion -- Life in a Suburb 123
  • Appendix I- Methods of Sampling 133
  • Appendix 2- Interviewers'' Instructions and Interview Schedule for General Survey 139
  • Appendix 3- Effects of Social Mobility 159
  • Appendix 4- Additional Tables 168
  • Appendix 5- Tests of Statistical Significance 172
  • Appendix 6 178
  • Index 181
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