Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2014, Vol. 69 ›› Issue (8): 1190-1206.doi: 10.11821/dlxb201408013

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The progress of social cultural geography in China in recent 10 years

Kai BAI1(), Shangyi ZHOU2, Yangyang LV1   

  1. 1. School of Tourism and Environment, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi'an 710119, China
    2. School of Geography, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
  • Received:2014-04-10 Revised:2014-07-13 Online:2014-08-20 Published:2014-08-20


Since the new millennium, Chinese society has underwent constant "differentiation" and "change", and typical social and cultural phenomena are emerging unceasingly. Social and cultural geography research has attracted sustained attention from scholars. Based on summary of the evolution of the theory of social cultural geography in foreign context, this paper reviews the concerns and hotspots to which Chinese social cultural geography scholars have been given attention in the past ten years. In addition, combining the current situation of development of China, this research also puts forward some other important research areas that should be concerned, such as social and cultural traits of the indigenous geography, the influence of rights and capital on spatial form of social and cultural and place construction, the phenomenon of mobility and scale effect caused by migration between urban and rural areas. In addition, this paper places emphasis of the dialectical unity between the universality of knowledge and China's own socio-cultural characteristics.

Key words: social and cultural geography, China's social and cultural traits, theoretical evolution, priority research areas, dialectical thinking