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Politics and the Migrant Poor in Mexico City, 1970-1972 (ICPSR 33281)

Principal Investigator(s): Cornelius, Wayne, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Politics and the Migrant Poor in Mexico City is a comparative study of male migrants and their city-born neighbors living in six relatively small, predominately low-income communities on the periphery of Mexico City. Based on 14 months of fieldwork in these communities during 1970, 1971, and 1972, this study dealt with a relatively small group of people in a limited number of localities at a particular point in time. The research addressed several broad theoretical and empirical problems such as the most important incentives and disincentives for political involvement, the effect a large group of people entering the political arena has on the functioning of the political system, how the individual citizen -- and especially the disadvantaged citizen -- can manipulate the political system to satisfy their needs, the process by which individuals form images of politics and the political system, the process by which individuals assume a role of participation or non-participation in political activity, what occurs at the "grass roots" of a nation's political system, and how political activity at that level affects system outputs. This study attempted to place the low-income migrant in a social and political context, and focused on the nature and frequency of interactions between the research communities and external actors, especially political and government officials. Demographic variables include age, race, socio-economic status, marital status, dwelling unit type, and religious preference.

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Study Description


Cornelius, Wayne. Politics and the Migrant Poor in Mexico City, 1970-1972. ICPSR33281-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2012-05-02. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR33281.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR33281.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    low income groups, migrants, political attitudes, political awareness, political behavior, political interest, political participation, political socialization, political systems, population migration, poverty, urban migration, urban poverty, urbanization

Geographic Coverage:    Global, Mexico, Mexico City

Time Period:   

  • 1970--1972

Date of Collection:   

  • 1970--1972

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    Male heads of families aged 18 to 65 residing in six predominately low-income communities on the periphery of Mexico City.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

These data have been minimally processed by ICPSR. No value labels or variable labels have been added, as little information was included in the deposit for this study. For additional information, please see "Politics and the Migrant Poor in Mexico City" by Wayne A. Cornelius, 1975, Stanford University Press.


Sample:    Respondents included in the sample were selected randomly within each of four strata defined in terms of length of residence in the city: migrants with less than 5 years of residence in the city; migrants with 5 to 9 years of residence; migrants with 10 or more years of residence, and non-migrants (native-born residence of Mexico City). Please refer to Appendix D of "Politics and the Migrant Poor in Mexico City" by Wayne A. Cornelius, 1975, Stanford University Press, for more information on sampling for this study.

Weight:    A variable called CASWGT is included in the data, however no additional information was provided.

Mode of Data Collection:    face-to-face interview, mixed mode

Response Rates:    Interviews were completed for 79 percent of the original respondents. Only 1.7 percent of the sample mortality resulted from the refusal of original respondents to be interviewed.


Original ICPSR Release:   2012-05-02

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