TROPICAL GEOGRAPHY ›› 2015, Vol. 35 ›› Issue (4): 507-514.doi: 10.13284/j.cnki.rddl.002711

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Community Attachment Studies in Western Countries

CHANG Jiang,XIE Dixiang,HUANG Jianwen   

  1. (School of Architecture and Urban Planning,Guangdong University of Technology,Guangzhou 510090,China)
  • Online:2015-07-03 Published:2015-07-03


Based on the literature review of community attachment studies in western countries, this paper 1) compared the concepts of community attachment and place attachment, 2) introduced three research stages including linear-development model, systemic model and multi-model of community attachment research, and 3) summarized the research methods and predictors of community attachment. Specifically, research methods included qualitative methods, such as in-depth interview, discursive analysis and pictorial methods, as well as quantitative methods, such as survey method, scale development and statistical analysis. In addition, some studies combined the above two types of methods. Predictors of community attachment included socio-demographic predictors, social predictors and physical-environmental predictors. Conclusions suggested that research of community attachment in China should explore theories and methods adapted to China’s own conditions, combine qualitative and quantitative methods, conduct research that focuses on various community forms and predictors with Chinese characteristics, so as to provide basis for government’s policy formulation in China.

Key words: place, community attachment, place attachment, sentiment of residents