Endorsements & Reviews-
Alan Johnson takes the reader on a multi-faceted leadership journey into a Bangkok slum. Resisting the temptation to overlay Western leadership theory on a culture as unique as the Lang Wat Pathum Wanaram Community, Alan masterfully weaves together a rich tapestry from the raw fabric of implicitly embedded leadership among those whom most from the outside would dismiss as leaders. The researcher's forthright chronicling of his own research journey and his intimate descriptions of on-the-ground ethnography, combined with an intellectual grasp of leadership theory, scholarship and research method, provide a new standard for those committed to the study and practice of leadership.
Roger Heuser, Professor of Leadership Studies,
Based on sustained and sensitive field research conducted in the Thai language, this study makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of how slum neighborhoods in contemporary Bangkok inflect the broader structures and norms of urban society and Thai society in general. In this, Johnson's study joins the very small group of previous studies that have attempted to engage with these local societies 'warts-and-all'. Most useful, I believe, is the nuanced exploration of how officialdom and the state interact with and shape neighborhoods and the perceptions of ordinary people.
Marc Askew, Senior Fellow, Anthropology Programme,
University of Melbourne
This study offers in-depth and insightful analysis of the nature of leadership in a slum where people live in a tense multi-dimensional relationship. Instead of looking for a leadership model, the research investigated qualities of "preferred leadership" from slum community members. With participant observation, the author methodically carried out systematic interviews and was able to capture the implicit and explicit knowledge on community leadership.
Amara Phongsapich, Professor, Department of
Anthropology of Sociology, Chulalongkorn University