Nerdy data question. I’m thinking about writing a short book or long paper over January on trends in social capital in Australia. It’s a topic I’ve been researching for the last 2-3 years, but I’m painfully short of data in one area — surveys from the pre-1980 era.
If you know of any surveys prior to 1980 that asked about political participation, social activities (such as eating with friends), whether the respondent trusts others, or membership of organisations, I’d be most grateful if you could let me know. Right now, the only relevant thing I know of is the 1967 & 1969 Australian Election Studies, which only have a few social capital-relevant questions.
If you can assist, copious footnotes will be written in your honour.