TROPICAL GEOGRAPHY ›› 2015, Vol. 35 ›› Issue (6): 814-821.doi: 10.13284/j.cnki.rddl.002753

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Production and Reconstruction of Shameen Space in Guangzhou

LI Qianjing,CAI Xiaomei   

  1. (Department of Tourism Management//Cultural Industry and Cultural Geography Research Center, South China Normal University,Guangzhou 510631,China)
  • Online:2015-11-05 Published:2015-11-05


Space is not limited to the “container” of culture, but the important force in the production of culture, that is, culture is organized on the basis of the space. Drawing on Henri Lefebvre’s theory on "the production of space", this article conducts a case study of Shameen Island in Guangzhou on its space production, through multiple qualitative research methods. The major findings of this research have suggested that: firstly, the spatial practice of Shameen Island is rooted in its historical and material foundation, and is affected by the social contexts of modernity and globalization; secondly, representations of space in Shameen Island represents the powers of Shameen Island which maps out the space based on its certain history and material cultures, and also their own benefits and cultural identities; finally, representational spaces of Shameen Island can be considered as the affiliation and resist of people in Shameen Island who are for their benefits and cultural identities and also greatly influenced by modernity and globalization. The conclusion not only could enrich the study of cultural space in China, but also provide further attention to the special space in the research of urban geography.

Key words: production of space, sociospatial dialectic, social and cultural geography, Shameen, Guangzhou