The Characteristics of Environment Encouraging Elder-Teenager Cooperation in Rural Community


Nowadays, Local wisdom plays an important role in community development. One month of participant observation at Na-Ngoi – Phonplaloh, the rural communities, 650 km from Bangkok, Thailand, it showed that elders were full of passions to contribute craft wisdom to teenagers. Nevertheless, teenagers were not eager to learn. Crafting everyday-products in semi-outdoor space around houses is contrast with chilling out with friends and smartphone at cafes in town. The experience mapping of daily life of elders and teenagers presented that teenagers much consider virtual activities. They were full of passions to connect the world. This is extremely different from elders who preferred being in comfort zone. However, the mapping also showed evidences of potential for cross-generations cooperation. First, craft is still needed although we are surrounded by technologies. Second is online activities addict of teenagers. These reasons supported the idea of startup project, to value craft for tomorrow. In this case, the environment encouraging teenager-elder cooperation must be carefully identified. The study suggested four key successes to develop environment, 1) Flexible Space, 2) Visible Craft, 3) Leisure Activities, and 4) Connect. With empathy of personal context, space should not limited by location. Elders might need to stay in their place for crafting while teenagers travel around and connect to elders, craft products and the world. Craft would be visible in some places where everyone can easily explore them. Everyday leisure could be flexible according to their life-style. These make the space more dynamic and highly adaptable for changes.

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Duangkamol Limwongse, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand
Pronyos Chattarakul, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand

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Conference: ACSS2017
Stream: Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies and Humanities

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