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Politico-Religious Organization and Economic Change in Zinacantan, Mexico, 1952-1987

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data, census/enumeration data, and administrative records data
  • Cancian, Frank
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • National Science Foundation
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute of Mental Health
Free Keywords
census data; demographic characteristics; economic activity; economic change; economics; males; marital status; political affiliation; public officials; religious behavior; religious leaders; religious organizations; taxpayers; townships
  • Abstract

    This data collection stems from anthropological field work on politico-religious organization and economic change in Zinacantan, Mexico. Major areas of investigation include local economics, economic stratification, and political and religious organization. Men of Zinacantan, Mexico, held year-long religious posts called "cargos," and waiting lists were kept to record the names of men who wished to serve in the future. The cargo data presented in this collection include information on cargo waiting lists such as the year in which the lists were used, the cargo requested, and the hamlet of residence of the requester. The census data for the hamlet Nachig for the years 1967, 1983, and 1987 include information such as age, residence, tax-paying status, land holdings, wealth, economic activity, economic status, political affiliation, and religious and civil offices held. The unit of analysis for the cargo data is the cargo requested. For the census data, the unit of analysis is married men.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Standardized missing values..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Census Data
    • DS2: Census Data SPSS Export File
    • DS3: Religious Office (Cargo) Data
    • DS4: Religious Office (Cargo) Data SPSS Export File
Temporal Coverage
  • 1952 / 1987
    Time period: 1952--1987
  • 1960 / 1987
    Collection date: 1960--1987
Geographic Coverage
  • Mexico
  • Global
Sampled Universe
For the cargo data, the universe includes all requests for religious office in the Mexican township of Zinacantan. For the census data, the universe includes all married men in the Mexican hamlet of Nachig.
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9727 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Cancian, Frank. The Decline of Community in Zinacantan: Economics, Public Life, and Social Stratification, 1960-1987. Stanford: Stanford University Press. 1992.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Cancian, Frank (1992): Politico-Religious Organization and Economic Change in Zinacantan, Mexico, 1952-1987. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.