Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2021, Vol. 76 ›› Issue (12): 2929-2943.doi: 10.11821/dlxb202112005

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Exploration on the combination of regional culture and core-periphery model's parameters

ZHOU Shangyi(), HONG Ruizhe   

  1. Faculty of Geographical Science, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
  • Received:2021-02-01 Revised:2021-08-13 Online:2021-12-25 Published:2022-02-25
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China(41771148)


Many scholars have explored the relationship between cultural studies and economics or economic geography, but there is still a lack of in-depth discussion on how regional culture affects spatial agglomeration. To further explain the process of economic agglomeration, this article chooses Krugman's core-periphery model, uses model logic deduction, assists in documentary evidence, to discuss how regional culture can be combined with this model's parameters. This article obtains two conclusions: First, regional culture can affect not only τ in the CP model, but also ρ and μ. Only when cultural geographers carry out comparative research on regional culture, can they transform regional culture into parameters in the CP model for a better understanding of the impact of regional culture on regional economy. Second, according to the definition of place i and j in the CP model, we define the unit of regional culture which will be suitable for the analysis by CP model. In the case that the regional culture cannot be quantified as an absolute value, relative values can be considered to quantify, so as to support the analysis of agglomeration trend, but cannot support to tell an accurate strength of agglomeration. Third, the relationship between regional cultural research and the CP model cannot reveal the nature of uneven development. This combination cannot arouse people's vigilance against cultural hegemony, fetishism, and alienation. Therefore, cultural geography has its own independent academic goals while it is integrating with economic geography.

Key words: core-periphery model, regional culture, cultural geography, spatial agglomeration