Into the Universe of the Hacienda: Lifestyle Migration, Individualism and Social Dislocation in Vilcabamba, Ecuador
Abstract

The article addresses lifestyle migration from the Global North to the rural valley of Vilcabamba, Ecuador. The life projects of these lifestyle migrants are individualist and utilitarian, yet they also participate in the social relations of the receiving location, where they reproduce historic inequalities. The analysis focuses on the social relations of property and land, and links contemporary real estate construction to the historic control of land and labour power by powerful landowning elites.