GEOG 1000 - Lecture 6 - Jan. 23, 2012

GEOG 1000 - Lecture 6 - Jan. 23, 2012 - -In the financial...

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Urbanization and Rural Cosmopolitanism - Introducing urban workers - Urbanization and new inequalities - Rural stereotypes and urban realities - Political conflict - Divided into 2 groups - Yellow shirts identified with urban middle class and old elite - Tend to be very nationalistic and conservative - Red shirts - Identified with rural people - North east of Thailand - Poor - Usually fair and free elections - In 2001 a party was elected and set out to try to redistribute the wealth - When he channelled money to rural areas he sent money directly to the village - From the rural peoples point of view they liked him - Some what corrupt - The red shirts started large demonstrations in Bangkok - Occupied large parts of Bangkok
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Unformatted text preview: -In the financial district-Growing numbers of people living in urban areas-In Canada the middle class is declining-In Asia the middle class is rising-Income classes: very poor, just getting by, lower middle class, upper middle class, wealthy-Wealthy and middle classes: Thailand : 12 million, China: 50-100 million, India: 0.6 to 1 million-Thailand has become one of the worlds most unequal countries in terms of income-Rural people image: uneducated, naïve-Reality: cosmopolitan, educated, world travellers, connected-Cleared out by force-Many places in Bangkok were set on fire-Famous huge shopping mall was burnt down...
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