SCIENTIA GEOGRAPHICA SINICA ›› 2022, Vol. 42 ›› Issue (5): 885-895.doi: 10.13249/j.cnki.sgs.2022.05.014

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The Bargain and Negotiation of Rural Space Justice Under the Background of Tourism Development: The Case Study of Shiwu Newly Village, Guangzhou, Guangdong

Cai Xiaomei1,2(), Zou Xiaodan1,2, Liu Meixin2,3, He Jie4   

  1. 1. School of Tourism Management, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510006, Guangdong, China
    2. Research Center for Cultural Industry and Cultural Geography, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510631, Guangdong, China
    3. School of Management, Guangdong Polytechnic Normal University, Guangzhou 510665, Guangdong, China
    4. School of Management , Guangzhou University, Guangzhou 510060, Guangdong, China
  • Received:2021-06-28 Revised:2021-09-06 Accepted:2022-02-09 Online:2022-05-10 Published:2022-07-11
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China(42071191);National Natural Science Foundation of China(42071189);National Natural Science Foundation of China(42101232);National Natural Science Foundation of China(41971186)


With the implementation of the rural revitalization strategy, ‘utopian’ rural villages are gradually being engulfed by power and capital. How to ensure the fairness and justice of different subjects in all aspects is particularly important. This article takes Shiwu Newly Village in Guangzhou as a case site, acquires materials through in-depth interviews, participatory observations and collection of text materials, uses grounded theory to conduct coding analysis, and explores the dimensions and processes of the game and negotiation of the main body of rural space justice in the context of tourism development. The research found that: 1) The content of the main game and negotiation of rural space justice mainly includes the four dimensions of distribution justice, housing justice, border justice and faith justice. The core and focus of the four dimensions is power justice. 2) The four dimensions are intertwined and influence each other. The first two dimensions echo some of Marx’s ideas on space justice, and the latter two dimensions are the oretical innovations in the Chinese context. 3) In the process of rural transformation and development, the various demands of the government, enterprises, and villagers have been mixed, which has led to the performance of diverse, complex and dynamic spatial justice games and negotiation processes by different subjects. This research is conducive to constructing a theory of spatial justice that conforms to the Chinese context and explaining Chinese phenomena; In practice, it provides a reference governance paradigm for the settlement of tourism-driven rural spatial justice.

Key words: tourism development, countryside, spatial justice, subjective game, power negotiation, grounded theory

CLC Number: 

  • F59