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

David Sarpong, George Ofosu, David Botchie, Dirk Meissner

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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.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSocio-Economic Review
Early online date5 May 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 5 May 2023

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  • China-made technologies
  • Ghana
  • garment and textile industry
  • social practice
  • industrial regeneration


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