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Logic analysis of concept and theory of cultural geography:Progress in cultural geography in China's Mainland during the past decade

  • School of Geography, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China

Received date: 2014-04-08

  Revised date: 2014-08-21

  Online published: 2014-10-20

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National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.41271152


A review of progress in cultural geography in mainland of China during the past ten years needs to be discussed. This paper constructs an analysis system which recent research projects and publications relate to. Some articles reviewed the research of cultural geography by Chinese scholars based on the view angle of five themes in traditional cultural geography. However, they did not tell the logical relation between key concepts and theories. The method of this paper is constructivism. It takes references to build up a "genealogy tree" of cultural geography. The main object in geography is "place and region". Cultural geography seeks to analyze the mechanism of place from the perspective of culture. This is the trunk of the "genealogy tree". "Relationships between layers" and "scaling of place" are two branches of this tree. They are two methods to explore place. This paper also puts main concepts and theories to the "tree". The three conclusions are as follows. The first is that many case studies done by Chinese cultural geographers are on mechanism of place making. Most are based on the methodology of structuralism. The second is that the major development by Chinese cultural geographers is increasing the volume of case studies which refer to interaction between different layers of cultural system, which do not only refer to nature-society nexus. The third is about scale conversion issues of cultural areas. Chinese cultural geographers have started to pay attention to this poorly developed theme.

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Shangyi ZHOU, Juncheng DAI . Logic analysis of concept and theory of cultural geography:Progress in cultural geography in China's Mainland during the past decade[J]. Acta Geographica Sinica, 2014 , 69(10) : 1521 -1532 . DOI: 10.11821/dlxb201410011


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