Home » The Native Leisure Class: Consumption and Cultural Creativity in the Andes by Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld
The Native Leisure Class: Consumption and Cultural Creativity in the Andes Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld

The Native Leisure Class: Consumption and Cultural Creativity in the Andes

Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld

Published November 1st 1999
ISBN : 9780226113944
Hardcover
259 pages
Enter the sum

 About the Book 

In the Andean city of Otavalo, Ecuador, a cultural renaissance is now taking place against a backdrop of fading farming traditions, transnational migration, and an influx of new consumer goods. Recently, Otavalenos have transformed their textileMoreIn the Andean city of Otavalo, Ecuador, a cultural renaissance is now taking place against a backdrop of fading farming traditions, transnational migration, and an influx of new consumer goods. Recently, Otavalenos have transformed their textile trade into a prosperous tourist industry, exporting colorful weavings around the world.Tracing the connections among newly invented craft traditions, social networks, and consumption patterns, Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld highlights the way ethnic identities and class cultures materialize in a sensual world that includes luxurious woven belts, powerful stereos, and garlic roasted cuyes (guinea pigs). Yet this case reaches beyond the Andes. He shows how local and global interactions intensify the cultural expression of the worlds emerging native middle classes, at times leaving behind those unable to afford the new trappings of indigenous identity.Colloredo-Mansfeld also comments on his experiences working as an artist in Otavalo. His drawings, along with numerous photographs, animate this engaging study in economic anthropology.