PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2022, Vol. 41 ›› Issue (7): 1300-1311.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2022.07.013

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Rural reconstruction under the impact of digital technology

XIN Yu1(), LIN Geng1,2,*(), LIN Yuancheng1   

  1. 1. School of Geography and Planning, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China
    2. Southern Marine Science and Engineering Guangdong Laboratory (Zhuhai), Zhuhai 519000, Guangdong, China
  • Received:2022-01-05 Revised:2022-01-26 Online:2022-07-28 Published:2022-09-28
  • Contact: LIN Geng;
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China(42071178);National Natural Science Foundation of China(41671139)


As the use of digital technology gradually pervades all aspects of rural production and life, the countryside is no longer a traditional, stable, and endogenous representation. In parallel, the interaction between digital technology and rural subjects has made the rural economy, society, and culture increasingly complex, and the interaction of the two dynamically reconstructs rural areas. Digital technology has gradually infiltrated from the external system of the countryside to its internal system, changing the internal operation and self-organization mechanism of the countryside. In addition, the transformation of rural space under the impact of informatization is not only embodied in the material aspect, but also in the reconstruction of the social and cultural spatial significance as well as the reconstruction of the territorial system of human-environment relationship, which reshapes rural discourse-power system and the subject identity in endogenous logic. From the perspective of humanism, it is of great significance to think deeply about the interaction between digital technology and people in the information age, such as the subject-object relationship between people and technology on the countryside, the change of discourse-power of rural society, and the change of people's family roles. However, these issues have not been discussed in depth at present. Accordingly, by discussing the multi-dimensional relationship between digital technology and rural development and its multiple effects on the rural space, and paying attention to the alienation and freedom brought by digital technology, the change of discourse and power caused by digital economy, and the reconstruction of the status and identity of women in rural areas, this article explains how digital technology as a non-human actor constructs the rural daily economic life and social relations. This article also provides theoretical analysis for explaining the subjectivity of digital technology as a non-human actor and studying hybrid rurality. It contributes a useful supplement for the analytical framework of rurality and provides a new perspective for digital rural construction and rural revitalization.

Key words: digital technology, rural reconstruction, alienation, discourse, power, female