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Rejuvenating old industries in new contexts

Authors
  • Liu, Zhi-gao
  • Dunford, Michael
Type
Published Article
Journal
Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsgeographie
Publisher
De Gruyter
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2012
Volume
56
Issue
1-2
Pages
185–202
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1515/zfw.2012.0013
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
License
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Abstract

Most research into the formation and development of industrial clusters focuses on hightech clusters or on the upgrading of traditional industries, with little attention to long-term historical perspectives on the revival of old industries in new contexts. Although evolutionary economic geography offers a set of useful concepts for explaining the revival of old industries, it generally concentrates on local factors, neglecting the role of larger scale drivers. To help fill these lacunae, a revised theoretical framework is developed, and used to examine the evolution of the Tonghua traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) industry. Starting from this industry’s late-nineteenth century roots, the relationship between the rejuvenation of old industries in particular areas and largerscale systemic changes is examined, paying particular attention to the evolution of this sector during China’s transition from a planned to a market economy.

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