Journal of Social Sciences

Development of a Cultural Network for Enhancing the Healthy Cities

Nawiya Nuntapanich, Songkoon Chantachan, Pirat Thidpad and Rachanont Supapongpichate

DOI : 10.3844/jssp.2011.662.665

Journal of Social Sciences

Volume 7, Issue 4

Pages 662-665

Abstract

Problem statement: The implementation in developing the cultural network was a strategy for managing the culture as well as the implementing the healthy city. The objectives of this research were: (1) to study situation of peaceful city and community in overall of Middle West, (2) to analyze the potentiality and readiness in implementing the healthy city and (3) to develop the cultural network model in implementing the peaceful city. Approach: The research area included Kanjanaburi Province, Rachaburi Province, Supanburi Province, Nakonpatom Province, Pechaburi Province, Samutsakon Province, Samutsongkram Province and Prajuabkirikan Province. The samples as informants were selected by Purposive Sampling, 458 persons. The instrument using for collecting data included: (1) the Interview Form, (2) the Observation Form, (3) the Focus Group Discussion and Participatory Workshop. Data were classified into groups, investigated by Triangulation and analyzed according to objective. The findings were presented by descriptive analysis. Results: The research findings found that: Phase 1, the cooperation and study the objective of project. Phase 2: The implementation of Participatory Action Research, the construction of knowledge and importance of network implementation for cultural heritage, the sharing stage was opened. The cultural network was formed. The vision and objective of network were determined. The structure of network committee and their role and function as shared thinking, analyzing, presenting and making decision to establish the project/activity in culture as well as communication, cooperation among different small groups of network in total of 7 villages of research area. Phase 3: The assessment during concluding the research findings as workshop for sharing and deciphering the process and outcome of network activity, found that the cultural network implementation in Sub-district was a paradigm which could be able to be used for cultural network implementation appropriately and sustainably. Conclusion/Recommendations: In summary, the implementation of cultural network activity was appropriate for enhancing for peacefulness of city and community. The related work units should apply this model in extending to the other Local Administrative Organizations in order to implement for healthy city and community project in dimension of cultural city.

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© 2011 Nawiya Nuntapanich, Songkoon Chantachan, Pirat Thidpad and Rachanont Supapongpichate. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.