Housing in Bangkok: The Spatial and Lifestyle Reconfigurations of a Rapidly Industrializing Society

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Walsh, John, “Housing in Bangkok: The Spatial and Lifestyle Reconfigurations of a Rapidly Industrializing Society,” in Dhruba Kumar Gautam and Yuvaraja Seegodu Eshwarappa, eds., Transforming Management System for Innovation, Development and Governance (Kathmandu: Samjhana Publication Pvt. Ltd., 2015), pp.273-87.

Abstract:

This paper uses the housing sector of Bangkok as a way of assessing changes in lifestyles caused by a variety of changes related to industrialization and modernization. These changes are most evident in the capital city but are now also spreading to secondary and provincial cities in different parts of the country. Improvements in transportation infrastructure has made those lifestyle and housing changes possible and have led to much smaller urban households with different consumption patterns. Such changes can be challenging for all members of society to accept. As with all forms of change driven by capitalism, creative destruction (of social relations and social capital, among other phenomena) leads to the creation of winners as well as losers. Prospects for the future are highlighted and the spatial reconfigurations within the country are evaluated.

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