Searching for a Better Life: Growing Up in the Slums of Bangkok

Searching for a Better Life: Growing Up in the Slums of Bangkok

by Sorcha Mahony

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Life in Bangkok for young people is marked by profound, interlocking changes and transitions. This book offers an ethnographic account of growing up in the city’s slums, struggling to get by in a rapidly developing and globalizing economy and trying to fulfil one’s dreams. At the same time, it reflects on the issue of agency, exploring its negative potential when exercised by young people living under severe structural constraint. It offers an antidote to neoliberal ideas around personal responsibility, and the assumed potential for individuals to break through structures of constraint in any sustained way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781785338595
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/22/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 206
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Sorcha Mahony works as Senior Researcher at The Children’s Society, a charity that supports vulnerable children and young people in their search for a better life in England and Wales. She lives in London with her two children and volunteers with young refugees in her spare time.

Table of Contents

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Chapter 1. Setting the Scene
Chapter 2. What Do We Know About Growing up in the Slums of Bangkok?
Chapter 3. Fieldwork


Chapter 4. Living the Teenage Life
Chapter 5. Doing the Right Thing
Chapter 6. Forging the Future




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