Statistics, Maps, and Legibility: Negotiating Nationalism in Post-Revolutionary Mexico
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Official statistics and maps played crucial roles in the Mexican Revolution, especially in the two decades following its armed phase. In the 1920s and 1930s, Mexico’s federal government sought to increase agricultural production and redistribute land as part of a program of national reconstruction after a decade of civil war. Such efforts depended upon the collection of statistics and the elaboration of maps by public officials. An analysis of the work of data collectors and mapmakers in post-revolutionary Mexico adds to the research on official statistics and maps by demonstrating their multifaceted and often contradictory functions.
Ervin, Michael A. “Statistics, Maps, and Legibility: Negotiating Nationalism in Post-Revolutionary Mexico.” The Americas 66, no. 02 (October 2009): 155–79. https://doi.org/10.1353/tam.0.0165.
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