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Robert Lane and Dana Ward interview transcripts on political ideology

 Collection
Call Number: MS 2121

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of transcripts of interviews conducted by Robert E. Lane in the 1950s for his book, "Political Ideology: Why the American Common Man Believes What He Does," and transcripts of follow-up interviews conducted by Dana Ward in the 1970s for his dissertation "Ideology and Generations: An Intergenerational Restudy of Robert Lane's Political Ideology." Lane interviewed fifteen New Haven working class men about their political and social views and Ward, then a student of Lane's at Yale University, interviewed children of those men twenty years later. Interview questions generally pertain to the subject's views on the United States economy, foreign policy, political leaders, race relations, and their own personal work and family life. The transcripts are anonymized and filed by interviewee number.

Dates

  • Circa 1958-1978

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has been transferred to Yale University for the words of Dana Ward in this collection. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Dana Ward, 2021.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged under the following headings: Robert E. Lane interview transcripts and Dana Ward interview transcripts. The folders are arranged therein by interviewee number.

Extent

3.33 Linear Feet (8 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

https://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/mssa.ms.2121

Overview

The collection consists of transcripts of interviews conducted by Robert E. Lane in the 1950s for his book, "Political Ideology: Why the American Common Man Believes What He Does," and transcripts of follow-up interviews conducted by Dana Ward in the 1970s for his dissertation "Ideology and Generations: An Intergenerational Restudy of Robert Lane's Political Ideology." Lane interviewed fifteen New Haven working class men about their political and social views and Ward, then a student of Lane's at Yale University, interviewed children of those men twenty years later. The transcripts are anonymized and filed by interviewee number.

Biographical / Historical

Robert E. Lane, American political scientist and political psychologist, was born August 19, 1917 in Philadelphia and died in December of 2017. He was the Eugene Meyer Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Yale University and a fellow of both the British Academy and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was also a research associate at Yale’s Institution for Social and Policy Studies. Robert Lane was an advocate for behavioralism as an approach to the study of political science.
Title
Guide to the Robert Lane and Dana Ward Interview Transcripts on Political Ideology
Author
compiled by Michelle Wickham
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

Contact:
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