GEOGRAPHICAL RESEARCH ›› 2013, Vol. 32 ›› Issue (11): 2170-2175.doi: 10.11821/dlyj201311018

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The politics of Chinese geography

LIU Yungang   

  1. School of Geography Sciences and Planning, and Guangdong Key Laboratory for Urbanization and Geo-simulation, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China
  • Received:2013-07-10 Revised:2013-09-23 Online:2013-11-10 Published:2013-11-10

Abstract: Along with the rapid growth of China's economy, power, culture and other domains, the discipline of Chinese Geography is showing a great achievement. However, the Chinese geographers feel more and more perplexed, as they have to make intriguing choices, though they have no idea about the route to take. In essence, the Chinese geographers have been divided into two groups, "exogenous geographers" and "endogenous geographers". And the problem is further illustrated by their differences in terms of the axiology: pragmatism and scientism. In details, the exogenous geographers go and follow the leadership of western geographical theories and methodologies, whilst the endogenous geographers target only upon native projects, more than often without theories and methodology. Against this epistemological dualism, every Chinese geographer has to make a choice: to be or not to be. It also makes the Chinese geography a strange stone, like systemic geography developed without regional geography, economic geography is trying to lead human geography, etc. From this point, this paper articulates the feature and challenge of recent Chinese geography. The author interrogates the way to reconstruct Chinese geography: through active discussions about the future and directions of geography development, Chinese geographers may find and achieve an agreement to promote the sustainability of its geography. That is, the politics of Chinese geography.

Key words: exogenous geography, endogenous geography, systemic geography, regional geography, pragmatism, scientism, the politics of Chinese geography