SCIENTIA GEOGRAPHICA SINICA ›› 2019, Vol. 39 ›› Issue (8): 1219-1227.doi: 10.13249/j.cnki.sgs.2019.08.003

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Rural Space Transition in Western Countries and Its Inspiration

Yuan Yuan,Zhang Xiaolin,Li Hongbo,Hu Xiaoliang   

  1. Jiangsu Center for Collaborative Innovation in Geographical Information Resource Development and Application, College of Geographical Science, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210023, Jiangsu, China
  • Received:2018-09-23 Revised:2018-12-17 Online:2019-08-10 Published:2019-10-10
  • Supported by:
    National Naturel Sciences Foundation of China(41501187);National Naturel Sciences Foundation of China(41571164)


Recognition of rural space in western countries has undergone a profound turn from material and ideational space to the three-fold model of rural space proposed by Halfacree. Fundamentally influenced by “the production of space” and widely accepted as the systematic theoretical framework of rural space in western world, this model provides a whole new perspective on the transition of rural space in western countries from productivism to post-productivism. Differentiated rural space in western countries manifest that affected by interwoven forces of globalization, urbanization and modernization, dynamics and patterns of rural space transition development has been regenerated by combination and reorganization of essential productive factors, as well as its functions and values. Process of rural space transition in western countries reflects general rules in the view of “global countryside” proposed by Woods, which offers a great and significant enlightenment for studies in China. Based on the situation that urban and rural space is going through a critical period of accelerated reconstruction, theoretical guidance is urgently needed for newly emerging problems, patterns and forces, especially more studies on multi-dimensional cognition, multi-functional trend and multi-agent mechanism of rural space and its transition . In the end, this paper calls for establishing research paradigm of rural geography with Chinese characteristics, so as to better respond to the theme of the times on rural revitalization

Key words: rural space, transition, three-fold model, post-productivism, rural revitalization

CLC Number: 

  • K901.8