Compadres familiares: Das Verhältnis von compadrazgo und Verwandtschaft in Tlaxcala, Mexiko
Zeitschrift für Ethnologie 131.2006:91-109
Keywords: compadrazgo, kinship (Mexico), social organization, clientelism, nepotism, family networks

## Compadres familiares: compadrazgo and kinship in Tlaxcala, Mexico
Compadrazgo and kinship are two building blocks of the social organisation in rural Latin America. This article describes the compadrazgo system of a rural community in Tlaxcala, Mexico. Whilst compadres were never kin until the middle of the 20th century, today many compadres are chosen among relatives. This institutional change is most clearly marked among those compadrazgos that have the least cultural saliency. This change can be linked to two causes. To avoid the drastically rising expenditures for the compadrazgo celebrations more and more people choose compadres among kin. Those relationships arc not viewed as "real" compadrazgos and may be celebrated with less expenses. In addition, the intensification of existing kinship relationships reduces the size of an actor"s network. This lessens the pressure of the larger community on those who have profited most from recent economic growth.##