PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2021, Vol. 40 ›› Issue (5): 858-869.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2021.05.012

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Thoughts on the development of urban political geography in China in the new era

WU Lei1,2,3(), LI Guicai2,3, CHAO Heng2,3,*(), LI Bin2,3   

  1. 1. College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
    2. Shenzhen Graduate School, Peking University, Shenzhen 518055, Guangdong, China
    3. Laboratory for Urban Future, Shenzhen Graduate School, Peking University, Shenzhen 518055, Guangdong, China
  • Received:2020-09-09 Revised:2020-10-28 Online:2021-05-28 Published:2021-07-28
  • Contact: CHAO Heng;
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China(42071204);National Natural Science Foundation of China(41801145);National Natural Science Foundation of China(41842038);National Natural Science Foundation of China(41871154);Guangdong Basic and Applied Basic Research Foundation(2019A1515011661)


In view of the plight of spatial practice in the urban transformation of China, it is urgent to use the theoretical paradigm of spatial power and the value system of spatial justice to reflect on and reconstruct China's urbanization development model and its spatial governance. Urban political geography is based on the spatial power thinking of political geography, and draws on the research of urban politics and urban sociology on "urban politics" and "urban power" to expand the political attributes of urban space. However, based on China's national conditions and urban practices, it is necessary to explain the "political" meaning, "space" expression, and value orientation of urban political geography in China from a realistic level. Finally, on a realistic level, based on the "problem-driven" approach, this article put forward five important priority issues that should be paid attention to: urban spatial coordination game theory, urban institutional arrangements for spatial justice, value-based urban living space research, research on urban production space based on power, and research on urban ecological space based on responsibility.

Key words: urban spatial governance, spatial power, urban space, urban power