A phoenix rising? The regeneration of the Ghana garment and textile industry


Some African countries’ premier industries, such as textiles, garments and agro-processing, which floundered in the face of market liberalization and stiff competition from cheap imports, are now going through regenerative changes, with some beginning to tell a cautionary tale of a leap upwards. Focusing on the Ghana garment and textile industry, we draw on a framework that integrates social practices and everyday general-purpose technologies to explore the rise, decline and regeneration of the industry. Explicating a fine analysis of how the performative reconfiguration of social practices and functional sources of innovation and technologies may combine to support innovation-driven growth, our study sheds light on how loosely connected actors within a hitherto floundering industry can learn to transform their situated practices to drive their ‘industrial regeneration’. Implications for the theory and practice of industrial regeneration are outlined.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/ser/mwad022
Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Marketing & Strategy
Additional Information: Copyright © The Author(s) 2023. Published by Oxford University Press and the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted reuse, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Uncontrolled Keywords: China-made technologies,Ghana,garment and textile industry,social practice,industrial regeneration
Publication ISSN: 1475-147X
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2024 08:25
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2023 11:18
Full Text Link: https://academi ... mwad022/7153301
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2023-05-05
Published Online Date: 2023-05-05
Accepted Date: 2023-04-12
Authors: Sarpong, David (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-1533-4332)
Ofosu, George
Botchie, David
Meissner, Dirk



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