This book presents some very needed and fascinating research including fieldwork over a span of 10 years by Professor Bolotta.[…] As the title suggests, his focus was on the children in the slums to better understand how they cope and how they view themselves as one of the lowest ranking humans in this tough situation in Bangkok. This focus on the poorest children, to my knowledge, has not been done in the way he has done so. […] I highly recommend this book to all who want an accurate understanding of Thailand today. There are few books about Thailand which give such a rather complete presentation of children in the Thai society throughout history and conditions today.