Cultural Capital: Community Development for Sustainable Self-Reliance

  • Rasakorn Chaiwong, Asst Prof. Dr.Thongchai Phuwanatwichit, Asst Prof. Dr.Charin Mangkhang, Asst Prof. Dr.Atchara Sarobol


The article aims to review the concept of and practical guidelines regarding cultural capital. Cultural capital is a tool that can help develop human resources and society in Thailand in order for Thailand to become a more self-reliant country. Thailand has a lot of important cultural capital that can be used to help Thai people have a better quality of life and help Thailand itself develop economically, socially, and politically. In particular, good management of the knowledge and local wisdom that is cultural capital can lead to that cultural capital’s promotion and continuation for future generations to learn about and experience. Additionally, well-established cultural capital can help improve quality of life for Thai people by building on a strong and balanced foundation of economics, society, and natural resources while considering the context of today’s global changes. Cultural capital can be passed on to future generations both through organized education and through social interactions, especially using Community Based Learning in order to learn about and carry on cultural capital, so as to support continued community development within a rapidly changing globalized society.

Keywords- Cultural Capital, Community Development, Sustainable Self-Reliance