Mansfeld, Rudi Colloredo-. The Native Leisure Class: Consumption and Cultural Creativity in the Andes. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1999.
(F3721.1.I3 C65 1999 )
In this book, artist, anthropologist, Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld examines the cultural renaissance developing within the traditional farming community on the Andean mountains. Age-old traditions are slowly fading away as new borders are open to the trading community. New consumer goods have been received in Ecuador in exchange for the Otavaleños colorful textile patterns. This book gives a unique insight into the economic and cultural expressions of a “native middle class.”