To see things from the other end : rural development through the lens of local youth in the context of urbanization : the case of Tambon Pang Tawai, Amphoe Pang Sila Tong, Kampaeng Phet, Thailand
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Urban Studies and Planning.
Anne Whiston Spirn.
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The global phenomenon of rural-urban migration presents a great number of challenges, especially for cities in developing countries like Bangkok. While there is an urgency for cities to better accommodate their marginalized emigrant population, not many planners look into rural areas where migration actually begins. Specific to Thailand, most of the migrating population from country to city are in the working age. With the exodus of this population new problems begin to emerge in rural towns which include a lack of care for elders and parental care for children. Furthermore, the brain drain phenomenon also diminishes life and economic vibrancy in rural areas. At the same time, those who migrate into cities are often at risk of being marginalized. In many parts of Thailand, where amenities such as roads, education, and healthcare, have already been provided, migration continues despite some people's preferences to live back in rural areas. Tambon Pang Tawai, Amphoe Pang Sila Tong, Kampaeng Phet, Thailand serves as a case study of a typical rural town with low density, most of whose population work on farms. Furthermore, its proximity to the Mae Wong National Forest also presents an interesting relationship between the rural lifestyle and the natural environment. Thus, the development process of Tambon Pang Tawai has the potential become a model for many other rural towns with similar contexts. By using photography and participatory workshops as tools to engage youth and glean insights from their perspectives, this research found ways in which rural areas in Thailand can be improved and sustain themselves socially, economically, and environmentally. Additionally, the methodology of this research can also contribute to a cross-disciplinary framework of education and community development.
Thesis: M.C.P., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, 2018.This electronic version was submitted by the student author. The certified thesis is available in the Institute Archives and Special Collections.Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (pages -179).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Urban Studies and Planning.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Urban Studies and Planning.