Notes on the Geography of Thailand: Bangkok: Photo 39
Families live in these settlements for decades, though there's usually someone in the household who was born in a distant village. Most of the people have jobs as laborers, but not everyone in these slums is poor. Marc Askew's Bangkok: Place, Practice, and Representation (2002) reviews the evidence suggesting that a fair number of the residents could afford "regular" housing.
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