SCIENTIA GEOGRAPHICA SINICA ›› 2022, Vol. 42 ›› Issue (5): 751-760.doi: 10.13249/j.cnki.sgs.2022.05.001

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Build the Community of Life for Man and Nature Based on Life Practice: A Case Study of Xiawu Village in Tibet

Sun Jiuxia1(), Wang Yuning1, Pang Zhaoling2,*()   

  1. 1. School of Tourism Management, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275, Guangdong, China
    2. Ningbo University-University of Angers Joint Institute at Ningbo, Ningbo University, Ningbo 315201, Zhejiang, China
  • Received:2021-10-28 Revised:2022-03-07 Online:2022-05-10 Published:2022-07-11
  • Contact: Pang Zhaoling;
  • Supported by:
    National Social Science Foundation Art Project(21AH016)


The relationship between human and nature is a central topic of geography, and a major problem in the development of human society. In the report of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, Xi Jinping clearly put forward the important thesis of ‘Human and Natural Life Community’. How to implement the public policy discourse into the concrete action practice depends on scholars’ empirical analysis on typical cases. The previous studies on the relationship between human and nature usually take individual or family as the analysis unit, discussing the interaction between the individual or family and the specific type of natural object. Relatively little works have been done dissecting how the relationship between human and nature in specific regions are constructed. Taking Xiawu Village in Tibet as a case study, field investigations were carried out for villagers and government workers based on qualitative methods such as semi-structured interviews and participatory observation. This paper examines the relationship between local society and nature, and analyzes how to construct the community of life for human and nature from the perspective of daily life practice. The findings are as follows: 1) When Tibetan villagers interact with highland barley (Hordeum vulgare var. coeleste) and cattle, they connect with the latter through multiple life practice strategies, such as material, emotion, space and identity transformation. Through the practice of man’s naturalization, a representational community of life for human and nature is constructed. At this time, highland barley and cattle, as instrumental nature, are the physical representation of the villagers, narrating the daily life when human actors are absent. 2) When Tibetan villagers interact with Cordyceps and Macaca, they conn-ect with the latter by means of life practice strategies such as meaning, system, and space negotiation. Through the practice of humanization of nature, a linked community of life for human and nature is constructed. At this time, Cordyceps and Macaques, as objectified nature, were constructed by society, given social life, and gradually embedded in human’s daily life.

Key words: community of life for man and nature, relationship between human and nature, life practice, traditional Tibetan village

CLC Number: 

  • X22