TROPICAL GEOGRAPHY ›› 2018, Vol. 38 ›› Issue (1): 13-24.doi: 10.13284/j.cnki.rddl.002980

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Review of Domestic Tourism Space Production Research Based on the Journal Perspective: Starting with the Space Production Research Knowledge System

YU Gouxiong,DAI Guangquan   

  1. (School of Economics and Commerce,South China University of Technology,Guangzhou 510006,China)
  • Online:2018-01-05 Published:2018-01-05


Under the background of the space shift of contemporary academic trends, many disciplines have a new understanding of space, and the research on space production and tourism space production has gradually attracted the attention of domestic scholars. Based on the journal perspective, using bibliometric method and content analysis method, through the high frequency keywords, the paper constructed a space production research knowledge system, which consisted of the evolution of space production theory, main research backgrounds, main research perspectives, main space types, main space scales, main research objectives, main research epistemology, and research representative figures, to discuss the research hotspots of space production in China. Overall, China has experienced the following stages of space production: introduction of pure space production theory/interpretation of introducing-space production theory/demonstration of analysis - space production theory/ Chinese reflection of application-space production theory/Chinese theory. It should be noted that the above stages had more or less difference in the literature accumulation, the related research literature was more in the early stages, while the literature on Chinese reflection of the space production theory, especially the relevant research literature about Chinese theory was very little and weak. However, it does not mean that the future domestic research of space production would pay less attention to early stages and more attention to later stages, it would be more reasonable to yield brilliant results in each stage for a long time in the future. On the basis of review of domestic research on tourism space production, we found that the journals and authors of tourism space production research were relatively concentrated, qualitative research methods were mainly used, the research was mainly for ancient town tourism and community tourism space, the main analytical contents included concept definition, the production subject research, production frame construction, and production power anatomy. Finally, the paper looked into the research on tourism space production from four aspects. First, to encourage interdisciplinary academic exchanges, draw multidisciplinary academic spillovers, and strengthen the research of the uneven development of tourism space, the separation of tourism space, the alienation of tourism space and the injustice of tourism space. Second, to pay attention to theoretical research, lay a solid foundation for research, explore how to apply the theories of the space production in tourism research, and think about if the tourism space production is different from the research of other disciplines/fields, what is the analytic paradigm of tourism space production, and how to make the tourism space production theory get into Chinese reflection/Chinese theory. Third, to further strengthen the empirical research from the perspective of spatial production, and different types of tourism space, such as festival tourism, ethnic tourism, rural tourism, heritage tourism, industrial tourism and historical district tourism. Fourth, to conduct the empirical research of tourism space production by using multi-discourse analysis, text sentiment analysis, bibliometrics and social network analysis.

Key words: tourism space, space production, knowledge system, journal perspective