Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2014, Vol. 69 ›› Issue (10): 1575-1589.doi: 10.11821/dlxb201410015

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Study on the reproduction of space of tourism community from the perspective of everyday life: Based on theories of Lefebvre and De Certeau

SUN Jiuxia1,2, ZHOU Yi1,2   

  1. 1. School of Tourism Management, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China;
    2. Center for Tourism Planning & Research, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China
  • Received:2013-10-16 Revised:2014-05-13 Online:2014-10-20 Published:2014-12-11
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.41171124

Abstract: Through a micro-level analysis, the paper investigates the power of residents and their daily life during the process of community evolution in tourism destinations, which are overlooked in the previous studies. The paper draws on comprehensive observation and indepth interviews in exploring the phenomenon and characteristics of the space reproduction of tourism community driven by tourism development. The case of Maxianglong Village is presented as an example, which is located in the core area of the world cultural heritage "Kaiping Diaolou and Villages" in South China. Based on both Lefebvre's theory of "spatial triad" and De Certeau's theory of "practice of everyday life", this paper focuses on the resistance process of the residents against the representation of space which is proposed by both the local government and the tourist area management agents. Residents in Maxianglong Village embody this process through their everyday life. Results show that the space of representation displays in different forms including insertion, resistance, aggressive resistance, reverse invasion and revitalization during residents' daily life. In the current stage of the presented case, a delicate balance is achieved in the confrontation of the residence against the government and the management agents under low-level tourism development. However, the potential of resistance exists due to the characteristics of residents' role, management organizations and land ownership through a long-term perspective. Spatial orders of tourism community are determined by the negotiation among all tourist stakeholders. Negotiation ability, which is affected by the role of the residents, results in different mechanisms and meanings. Vitality of tourism community is evoked by multiple agents and multiple targets during the space reproduction process, which demonstrates the creativity of everyday life.

Key words: tourism community, social space, representation of space, practice of everyday life, reproduction of space