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Rural Villagers’ Quality of Life Improvement by Economic Self-reliance Practices and Trust in the Philosophy of Sufficiency Economy

  1. Environmental Social Science Program, Department of Social Sciences and Humanities, School of Liberal Arts, King Mongkut’s University of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand
  2. Urban Environmental Planning and Development Program, Faculty of Architecture and Planning, Thammasat University, Pathumtani Province, Thailand
Version 1 : Received: 16 July 2016 / Approved: 18 July 2016 / Online: 18 July 2016 (10:44:31 CEST)

A peer-reviewed article of this Preprint also exists.

Janmaimool, P.; Denpaiboon, C. Rural Villagers’ Quality of Life Improvement by Economic Self-Reliance Practices and Trust in the Philosophy of Sufficiency Economy. Societies 2016, 6, 26. Janmaimool, P.; Denpaiboon, C. Rural Villagers’ Quality of Life Improvement by Economic Self-Reliance Practices and Trust in the Philosophy of Sufficiency Economy. Societies 2016, 6, 26.

Journal reference: Societies 2016, 6, 26
DOI: 10.3390/soc6030026

Abstract

The concept of economic self-reliance, widely known by Thai people as the philosophy of sufficiency economy, has been widely promoted in rural Thai societies. By practicing this philosophy, it is expected that the citizens’ quality of life and local environments could be sustainably improved. This study aims to explore the contribution of the community practices of the sufficiency economy philosophy to rural villagers’ quality of life improvement, and to investigate potential factors that determine the trust of villagers in the philosophy. With the purpose to propose strategies which could enhance trust and promote villagers’ practices of the philosophy, the study investigated influences of three relevant factors on trust towards the philosophy. Those factors included factors related to cognitive-based trust, factors related to emotional-based trust, and factors related to demographic characteristics. Questionnaire surveys and in-depth interviews with community leaders and local villagers were conducted in the Ban Jamrung community, in Thailand’s Rayong province. The results of the statistical analysis revealed that the residents who applied the sufficiency economy philosophy in their daily lives experienced a relatively better quality of life. Additionally, it was found that trust in the philosophy could be predicted more by rational factors than by emotional factors. These findings could be utilized to develop strategies to maintain and enhance the trust of the people in the philosophy of sufficiency economy.

Subject Areas

community trust; social trust; the philosophy of sufficiency economy; local sustainability

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