SCIENTIA GEOGRAPHICA SINICA ›› 2014, Vol. 34 ›› Issue (3): 322-331.doi: 10.13249/j.cnki.sgs.2014.03.322

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The Relationship Between Households' Behavior and the Formation of Specialized Village: A Case Study of Plywood Processing Specialized Village of Shilaoba, Zhecheng County in Henan Province, China

Na-lin WU(), Xiao-jian LI(), Jia-jun QIAO   

  1. Research Institute of Yellow River Civilization and Sustainable Development/Collage of Environment and Planning, Henan University, Kaifeng, Henan 475004,China
  • Received:2012-12-05 Revised:2013-04-28 Online:2014-03-10 Published:2014-03-10


Specialized village (SV) is a village where the most households are engaged in one or more industries including these interrelated productions and their corresponding services, and which outputs occupy the main proportion in the village’s income. SV formation was a procedure that most households in the village gradually participated in the professional productions and their corresponding services. The different ways of households’ behavior will have a different corresponding impact on its formation rate, industrial division, and economic benefit of SV. Based on the survey data collected in 2011 in Shilaoba Village, Zhecheng County, Henan Province, we have following findings: Firstly, using statistical analysis and spatial analysis, we found that there was a rapider formation speed, a more exponentially rising trend of the number of households who participated in the industry. Based on that a production spatial pattern of “in the west to buy-in the east to sell” has formed, an industrial division phenomenon of households’ spontaneous behavior in the village, but it’s degree is very lower. Secondly, the way households obtain the capital, technology, information and so on impacted the date when households participated in professional projects even the formation date of SV. For example, these households with these abilities to borrow money from friends or relatives and to find market information consciously, could participate in the professional project earlier. Thirdly, different types of households’ social communication had a far-reaching influence on them participated in industrial division. For example, these households who were good at communication with the professional associations, neighbors and entrepreneurs would tend to choose the poplar log marketing. Finally, the way households obtained funds and the frequency to contact with these professional associations had an important influence on the economic profits of SV. From the above, the article confirmed that the supply of funds from financial services institutions and the production management organization from professional association had a profoundly impaction on the following inspiration, the economic benefits of SV. These findings could be further extended to the development of SV and agricultural industrial zone. Specialization, enlargement, differentiation are the three trends of world agricultural development, and varied kinds of SVs and agricultural industrial zones have appeared in the most rural China accompanied by the world trends. But these different geographical environments, customs and habits had an important effect on the households in different rural areas, and then which formed these different behaviors in understanding, social communication and so on. In conclusion, the construction and promotion of SVs and agricultural specialized industry areas should comply with the local resources, location advantages and natural advantages, and especially the households’ behavior characteristics should be paid more attension.

Key words: specialized village, households’ behavior, plywood processing, Shilaoba Village of Zhecheng County

CLC Number: 

  • F325