"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Setting the scene What do we know about growing up in urban poverty in Thailand? Fieldwork Living the teenage life Doing the right thing Forging the future.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Anne and Joseph Trachtman Memorial Book Fund.