Employment, entrepreneurship, and citizenship in a globalised economy: the Chinese in Prato

Barbu, Mirela, Dunford, Michael and Weidong, Liu (2013) Employment, entrepreneurship, and citizenship in a globalised economy: the Chinese in Prato. Environment and Planning A, 45 (10). pp. 2420-2441. ISSN 0308-518X

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Since 2000 Prato's domestic textile sector has contracted in the face of international competition. From the 1990s a large Chinese community has emerged, and since 2000 the number of Chinese clothing enterprises has increased rapidly. In recent years tensions between the Italian and Chinese communities have increased, and police investigations have risen, in part due to perceptions of unfair Chinese competition and illegality. This paper examines these tensions, their roots in differing economic practices, regulatory frameworks, and cultural values, and considers the strategies of public authorities as they seek to improve economic performance, social integration, and political stability.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Chinese in Prato, industrial districts, migration, textiles and clothing, illegality, criminality, unfair competition
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Business and Management
School of Global Studies > Geography
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General) > G0001 Geography (General) > G0065 Geographers
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races > HT0101 Urban groups. The city. Urban sociology > HT0390 Regional planning
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Depositing User: Mirela Barbu
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2019 12:25
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 13:15
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/81453

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Economic Inter-dependence and Comparative Regional Dynamics in Developed and Developing Economies: Trade and Regional Trajectories in China and the European UnionG0389ESRC-ECONOMIC & SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCILRES-062-23-1600