TROPICAL GEOGRAPHY ›› 2016, Vol. 36 ›› Issue (2): 225-236.doi: 10.13284/j.cnki.rddl.002827

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Space Reconstruction of Home under the Background of Tourism Commercialization: A Case Study of Dai Family Hotel in Xishuangbanna

ZHENG Shilin1,ZHU Hong1,TANG Xueqiong2   

  1. (1.a.School of Geography;b.Center for Cultural Industry and Cultural Geography,South China Normal University,Guangzhou 510631,China; 2.School of Landscape,Southwest Forestry University,Kunming 650224,China)
  • Online:2016-03-31 Published:2016-03-31

Abstract: The transformation in tourism destination has changed local people’s lives dramatically, in which the local house is the key transformed feature. Local houses which used to be private space with the exclusiveness and privacy, are converted into open business space as family hotels to influence the space of home and the daily life of hosts. However, current literature only reviews family hotels as a “business organizations” while little analyses their original attribute as hosts’ “home” from a cultural geography perspective. Employing the method of observation and interview method, this research aims to analyze how family hotels are still acting as hosts’ “home” in Dai Nationality Garden in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan. It studies the reconstruction process of interior space of “commercial home” by focusing on the changes of the structure, function, boundary of Dai people’s building, and how these changes affect the connotation of the space. It is found that the reconstruction of home space is the product of interaction and negotiation among the activities of tourism. The tourists’ consumption and the host’ construction of home accelerate the reconstruction of the home space. The reconstruction process of interior space of Dai people’s home is from space transformation to space expansion and then space segmentation and space making. Tourists play a dominant role in the reconstruction process of home, their gaze and demands directly contribute to the space reconstruction of home. The main body of space reconstruction of home is Dai people, their cultural background and the demands for the comfort of home lead to more multivariate and complex space of home. The change of interior space of home leads to the transfer of diversification of the identity performance and spatial cognition of Dai people, and makes home become a diversified and complicated social space which combines with economic, cultural consumption, social relations and multiple identities performance.

Key words: home, tourism commercialization, space, reconstruction, Dai family hotel