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Article: The textile and clothing industries under the fifth Kondratieff wave: Some insights from the case of Hong Kong

TitleThe textile and clothing industries under the fifth Kondratieff wave: Some insights from the case of Hong Kong
Authors
KeywordsFifth Kondratieff wave
Flexible production
Hong Kong
Multi-fibre agreement
New international division of labor
Vertical disintegration
Issue Date2002
PublisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/worlddev
Citation
World Development, 2002, v. 30 n. 5, p. 847-872 How to Cite?
AbstractThis paper proposes that the world's textile and clothing industries have become increasing vertically disintegrated with a few flexible production regions (the "cream" portion) engaging in creative, innovative, dynamic and high value-added activities, and an expanding number and spatial extent of regions (the "cake" portion) taking part in low value-added activities. In-between is an "artificial" layer protected by the international regulatory framework. This layer has characteristics of both the "cream" and "cake" layers. On the one hand, the labor force in this layer suffers from low job mobility and low-paid blue-collar work of the "cake portion" and is dominated by female semi-skilled workers. On the other hand, industrialists and governments in this layer enjoy the profits and high export values of the "cream" portion. Under the Fifth Kondratieff wave, the textile and clothing industries have become increasingly coordinated and controlled by a thinner "cream" layer. Over time, regions in the "cake" portion will find it increasingly difficult to transform themselves into "cream" because of deep-seated structural and geographic differences. © 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/86340
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2015 Impact Factor: 2.438
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 2.100
ISI Accession Number ID
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dc.description.abstractThis paper proposes that the world's textile and clothing industries have become increasing vertically disintegrated with a few flexible production regions (the "cream" portion) engaging in creative, innovative, dynamic and high value-added activities, and an expanding number and spatial extent of regions (the "cake" portion) taking part in low value-added activities. In-between is an "artificial" layer protected by the international regulatory framework. This layer has characteristics of both the "cream" and "cake" layers. On the one hand, the labor force in this layer suffers from low job mobility and low-paid blue-collar work of the "cake portion" and is dominated by female semi-skilled workers. On the other hand, industrialists and governments in this layer enjoy the profits and high export values of the "cream" portion. Under the Fifth Kondratieff wave, the textile and clothing industries have become increasingly coordinated and controlled by a thinner "cream" layer. Over time, regions in the "cake" portion will find it increasingly difficult to transform themselves into "cream" because of deep-seated structural and geographic differences. © 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/worlddeven_HK
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dc.subjectFifth Kondratieff waveen_HK
dc.subjectFlexible productionen_HK
dc.subjectHong Kongen_HK
dc.subjectMulti-fibre agreementen_HK
dc.subjectNew international division of laboren_HK
dc.subjectVertical disintegrationen_HK
dc.titleThe textile and clothing industries under the fifth Kondratieff wave: Some insights from the case of Hong Kongen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1016/S0305-750X(02)00005-0en_HK
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