This presentation summarizes on an ongoing project to understand the
roots of changes in health, poverty, literacy, and religious affiliation
in Mexico over the past 130 years. The project involves overcoming the
challenges of geo-referencing and linking subnational data from
government, Catholic, and Protestant sources over more than a century.
The techniques developed and tested during the project will facilitate
similar centuries-long studies of religion and development elsewhere in
Latin America and the world.
Juan Carlos Esparza Ochoa has researched and taught about religion in
Latin America for the past eighteen years and is co-director of the
Project on Religion and Economic Change (PREC). As part of PREC, he
attempts to measure the impact of Protestant and Catholic pastoral care,
missionary activity, and humanitarian work on education, health,
economic development, and political outcomes around the world over the
past two centuries. This required developing techniques to link
consistent data from diverse historical sources over such a long period
of time – something that stymied previous scholarship on long-term
development. As part of this project he also linked 120 years of Mexican
census data to understand what factors influenced the life conditions
of poor and marginalized communities over the long term. For seven years
he managed data for global religious demography projects at the Pew
Research Center. Prior to earning his Ph.D. in sociology from the
University of Texas at Austin, he did ethnographic research about
Afro-Caribbean religious movements in Cuba and worked with Mexican
indigenous communities in the Sierra Papanteca, the Huasteca Potosina
& the Nayar.
- Juan Carlos Esparza Ochoa Lecture (free)
11/13/2018 03:30 PM
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