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The Social Survey

Nature volume 158, page 696 (16 November 1946) | Download Citation



THE phrase social survey' now covers a multitude of differ in aim and method. The aim fearliest English surveys; such as Booth Life with Labour of the People of London and A own tree “Poverty”, were to discover in specific areas the extent and degrees of poverty in the sense of family income low in relation to the expenditure on food and other necessities. The aims of more recent social surveys, such as the Worcester Civic Survey1 or the Herefordshire Survey2, have been to lay a foundation for physical planning, and the location of industry; or, like the work of the War-time Social Survey, to obtain information for solving immediate ad hoc problems of fact and opinion confronting Government departments.

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    "County Town". By , , and . Department of Commerce, University of Birmingham. (John Murray.)

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    "English County". By the West Midland Group on Post-War Reconstruction and Planning. (Faber and Faber.)

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    "Middletown" and "Middletown in Transition". By and . (Harcourt, Bruce and Co.)

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