DR. MARR is an associate professor of geography at Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania 17257.
IMPACTS OF TRANSPORTATION CHANGES ON THE WOODWORKING INDUSTRY OF MEXICO'S PURÉPECHA REGION
Version of Record online: 21 APR 2010
2004 American Geographical Society
Volume 94, Issue 4, pages 440–461, October 2004
How to Cite
MARR, P. and SUTTON, C. (2004), IMPACTS OF TRANSPORTATION CHANGES ON THE WOODWORKING INDUSTRY OF MEXICO'S PURÉPECHA REGION. Geographical Review, 94: 440–461. doi: 10.1111/j.1931-0846.2004.tb00182.x
- Issue online: 21 APR 2010
- Version of Record online: 21 APR 2010
- PurÉpecha region;
- road network;
- wooden crafts
ABSTRACT. The PurÉpecha region of Michoacán State, in west-central Mexico, has a strong tradition of craft production, especially wooden items. Transportation improvements in the region since the mid-twentieth century have led to a higher level of integration of the regional economy, yet access to the broader Mexican market remains limited. Towns throughout the region have experienced substantial changes in the types of crafts produced, the extent of their local and external markets, and the location of craft production. Transportation improvements have, in part, led to agglomeration economies and a resultant contraction in the number of different types and an increase in the volume of the crafts produced. Market changes have led to the proliferation of craft storefronts in towns with higher levels of accessibility. Conversely, remote towns still rely heavily on distributors and have not been able to expand their markets. As a result, the region has seen the development of a two-tiered system whereby towns with increased accessibility have viable craft industries and towns with limited accessibility struggle with stagnant craft industries.