Janlekha, Kamol Odd, 1918-. A study of the economy of a rice growing village in central Thailand

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I. Purpose Of The Study

The Dominance Of Rice In The Economy Of Thailand

Lack Of Attention To The Village Economy

Purpose Of The Study

Ii. Southeast Asian Setting Of Agrarian Problems Of Thailand

Basic Historical Background

Southeast Asia And World History

Colonization, Old And New

Impact Of The Changing Trend Of Trade With The West

Characteristics Of Current Southeast Asian Economy

Cultural Background Of Thai Peasants

Commercialization Of Rice Growing

Part I The Community And Community Economy

Chapter I Methodology

Reasons For The Choice Of The Field Site

Techniques For Establishing Rapport

Techniques For Gathering Informations

Evaluation Of Data

Chapter Ii The Community





Place Of Bangchan In The Administrative Area

Our “natural” Bangchan Village

History Of Settlement


The Family

Disappearance Of Some Families From Bangchan

Appearance Of New Families In Bangchan

Pattern Of Establishment Of New Families

Economic Significance Of The Family

Chapter Iii Community Economy

Occupational Structure In Bangchan

Land Utilization

Rice Production

Other Food Production

Land Tenure

Rent Of Rice Land

Prices Of Land

Part Ii Business And Living Aspects Of The Farm

Chapter Iv Farming Population

Sampling Technique

Effect Of Time Element On The Size Of The Sample

Composition Of Farm Operating Families

Training For Farm Work

Remunerations For Farm Work

Changes In Farming Population In Bangchan

Chapter V Farm Technology

Types Of Rice Cultivation

Farm Equipment

Draft Animals

Steps In Rice Production

Labor Requirement In Rice Production

The Critical Period In Rice Production

Labor Adjustment Devices

Cooperative Work

Chapter Vi Farm Organization And Management

Limited Role Of Bangchan Operators

Elements Of Agricultural Production

Table 44 Frequency Distribution Of The Value Per Farm Of Equipment And Materials Of 104 Farms Bangchan, Thailand, 1948

Table 45 Frequency Distribution Of The Value Per Rai Of Equipment And Materials Of 104 Farms Bangchan, Thailand, 1948

Chapter Vii Economic Condition Of Farm Operators

Degree Of Self-sufficiency

The Operator's Remuneration And Measures Of Success

Table 47 Frequency Distribution Of Labor Income Of 104 Sample-farms Bangchan, Thailand, 1948

Factors Affecting Farm Profit

Ordinary Household Expenses

Special Expenses

Special Receipts

Net Accumulation Of Assets

Debt Situation

Cash Situatio[unavailable] And Role Of Paddy

1. Extent Of Money In Circulation

A. Incoming

B. Outgoing

2. Seasonal Fluctuation Of Money Supply

3. Scarcity Of Money

4. Role Of Paddy

Part Iii Economic Problems Of Bangchan

Chapter Viii Salient Features Of Economic Problems Of Bangchan

Low Incomes

Inherent Excess Of Expenses Over Incomes

Population Pressure

Lack Of Effective Control And Regulation Of Water Supply

Problems In The Marketing Of Rice

Scarcity Of Cash And Credit

Chapter Ix Conclusions

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Title: A study of the economy of a rice growing village in central Thailand

Published By: Ann Arbor, Michigan: University Microfilms, 1956. 13, 421 p.: ill.

By line: by Kamol Odd Janlekha

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Central Thai (AO07)

Subjects: Research methods (120); Internal migration (166); Food quest (220); Animal husbandry (230); Cereal agriculture (243); Production and supply (433); Occupational specialization (463); Ethnic stratification (563); Household (592); Community structure (621); External relations (648); Ethnosociology (829);

Abstract: This is a case study of the economic development of a rice-growing village (Bangchan) near Bangkok. Due to various socio-economic problems, a vicious circle has been created in which expenses exceed the incomes, which in turn affect the rice production. This condition is particularly detrimental for the small farmers. The study covers primarily the period between 1948-1953, for which the bulk of the data is presented. The time before 1948 is discussed in general terms, since exact data on a documentary basis are hardly in existence. The study also gives an excellent introduction in the history of Southeast Asia in its confrontation with the Western economic system through direct and indirect colonization. Janlekha, himself a Thai, had been in the Thai government service from 1940 to 1948 (1941-1945 in the head Section of Rice Extension), and from 1950 to 1955 studied economics and anthropology at Cornell University.

Document Number: 7

Document ID: ao07-007

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: UM: 56-740. Thesis (Ph.D.) -- Cornell University, 1955 Includes bibliographical references (p. 416)

Field Date: 1948, 1952-1953

Evaluation: Economist, Indigene-4,5

Analyst: Sigrid Khera ; Dubravka Schmalzbauer ; 1970-1973

Coverage Date: 1948-1953

Coverage Place: village of Bang Chan, Thailand

LCSH: Thais


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