“[…] the author has managed to produce both an empirical study with strong data collected over a long period of time as well as, by referring to a huge number of sources, a theoretical study of the humanities that will serve the field of Thai/Southeast Asian Studies over a long time. The great achievement of Giuseppe Bolotta is that he gives attention and agency to those who might hardly have been given any say in any discourse whatsoever before: urban poor children – the future adults of tomorrow. Academic discourses on the urban poor are in need of more research of this sort. That is why I highly recommend this book for teaching in the field of Southeast Asian Studies as well as in poverty and migration research. Giuseppe Bolotta’s work has the potential to become a core reading for these fields.”