Consumption, Commodities and Material Culture
The Native Leisure Class: Consumption and Cultural Creativity in the Andes (Chicago, 1999). documents the spread of a new, non-agrarian indigenous economy. Chapters focus on fiestas, consumer goods, humble farm tools and new status symbols as the media used to redefine Quichua identity as the wealth of a transnational tourist and artisan economy touched some lives and left others behind. At the heart of the book is the tension between the newly wealthy who have returned home both and the peasants and artisans who remained but aspire to the gains of their transnational brothers and sisters.
Other writings on material culture and the materiality of identity and social relations:
2013 Consumption: From Cultural Theory to the Ethnography of Capitalism. In Handbook of Sociocultural Anthropology, edited by J. Carrier and D. Geweertz . Aldershot, New York: Berg Publishers. 317-336.
2012 (revision of) Consumption. In Handbook of Economic Anthropology, edited by J. Carrier. Aldershot, UK: Edward Elgar. 220-238.
2011 Space Line and Story in the Invention of an Andean Aesthetic. Journal of Material Culture. 16 (1) 3-23.
2011. Colloredo-Mansfeld, Rudi, J. Antrosio, E.C. Jones. Creativity, Place, and Commodities: The Making of Public Economies in Andean Apparel Industries. In Textile Economies: Power and Value from the Local to the Transnational, edited by P. McAnany and W. Little. pp. 39-55. Walnut Creek: AltaMira.
2007 The Tenacity of Enchanted Objects. Review essay for American Ethnologist. 34(4): 735-740.
2006 Money of Moderate Size. Common- Place, Vol. 6, no. 3, April 2006. www.common-place.org.
2004 Michael Chibnik, R. Colloredo-Mansfeld, M. Lee, B. L. Milgram, V. Rovine, and J. Weil. Artists and Aesthetics: Case Studies of Creativity in the Ethnic Arts Market. Anthropology of Work Review 25(1-2) 3-8.
2003 (editors) Colloredo-Mansfeld, Rudi and Mark Peterson. “Fleeting Objects” a special issue of Journal of Material Culture 8(3)
2003 Introduction: Matter Unbound. Journal of Material Culture 8(3): 245-254.
2003 Consuming: Andean Televisions. Journal of Material Culture 8(3): 273-284.
2001 Artesanías, competencia económica, y expresión cultural en las comunidades de los Quichuas. Ecuador Debate 52(April):135-150.
1998 The Handicraft Archipelago: Consumption, Migration, and the Social Organization of a Transnational Andean Ethnic Group. In Research in Economic Anthropology, edited by B. Isaac. vol. 19. JAI Publishing, Greenwich, CT. 31-67.
1994 Architectural Conspicuous Consumption and Economic Change in the Ecuadorian Andes. American Anthropologist 96(4):845-865.