Living with Risk: Precarity & Bangkok's Urban Poor (BOK)

Tamaki Endo

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The informal economy in Bangkok, Thailand, offers upward mobility but is fraught with risk. For members of the urban lower class, residence and occupation are closely inter-connected. Shifts in priorities in housing, occupation and education as family circumstances change affect the way they deploy their limited financial resources, while home fires and job lay-offs frequently lead to dislocation. Of necessity, poor communities accommodate frequent changes of residence and variations in production and consumption.

People with limited resources are extremely sensitive to uncertainty. Living with Risk examines how lower class communities in the inner city and the urban fringe of Bangkok view their employment prospects and living conditions, and how they manage risk. As a case study, the author examines the lives of female factory workers who became self-employed after losing their jobs during Thailand's economic restructuring in the late 1990s. The book makes a substantial contribution to development economics, which is rich in studies of rural populations but lacks comparable material on urban areas and the dynamics of the informal economy.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2014 Forfatter Tamaki Endo
Turpin DEDS Orphans
ISBN 9789971697822
Antall sider 360 Dimensjoner 15,3cm x 22,9cm x 2cm
Vekt 522 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Development economics & emerging economies, Urban communities, Poverty & unemployment