The Gendered Vocation Space and the Feature of Power-space in Guandong

  • Center for Urban and Regional Studies; Department of Urban and Regional Planning; School of Geography and Planning; Sun Yat-sen University; Guangzhou 510275; China

Received date: 2009-03-30

  Revised date: 2009-10-13

  Online published: 2010-04-25

Supported by

National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.40971088; No.40401018; Humanities and Social Sciences Foundation of Ministry of Education of China, No. 09YJAZH105; Project of Sun Yat-sen University, No.ZGEI026


Using the 5th census data on the spatial level of district (or county,or city),this paper analyses the relationship between gender and vocation-space including 133 samples in 21 cities.Through a comparative study between six kinds of men\'s vocation zones and another six kinds of women\'s vocation zones,the author comes to some conclusions.(1) Partial gender segregation is coexisting with the vocation-space omorphism between men and women.The work opportunities for men and women are equal on the whole,but in some fields gender segregation against women also exists.(2) The vocation-space is also a kind of power space which is productive.The power space is showed as a kind of core-periphery structure.It is formed not between men and women,but within the inner vocation-space of men and women separately.The structure is formed by a series of typical concentric circles.The high-aggregation vocations are distributed at the core area of Pearl River Delta Economic Region round the Pearl River Estuary,which become the core of space production and show a concentric-circle structure with other vocations at the peripheral area of Guangdong Province.(3) The core-periphery structure forms a kind of vocational space order which has two growth poles,Guangzhou and Shenzhen.The central area is in an absolutely dominant position,which is mainly composed of high-aggregation services or manufacture industries.And agriculture,housework and traditional business activities are mostly distributed at the peripheral area.The core-periphery structure indicates the emergence of a kind of regional social and economic relationship and it will restrict the possibilities of new procreative order\'s formations.(4) Under the influence of regional culture traits,vocations of men and women are diversified but do not form a kind of gender-biased vocation-space in Guangdong Province except the eastern area.

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LIN Geng . The Gendered Vocation Space and the Feature of Power-space in Guandong[J]. Acta Geographica Sinica, 2010 , 65(4) : 427 -442 . DOI: 10.11821/xb201004005


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