PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2010, Vol. 29 ›› Issue (6): 740-746.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2010.06.014

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Cultural Turning in Physical Geography

LI Xueming,LI Jianhong   

  1. Center for Marine Economic and Sustainable Development, Dalian 116029, China
  • Received:2010-01-01 Revised:2010-03-01 Online:2010-06-25 Published:2010-06-25


With the global development, physical geography affected by “cultural turning” in the whole geography field has changed a lot in its research method, research focuses and main issues in order to cope with the more and more serious conflicts among population, resources and environment. And many researches seemed to be within physical geography with more cultural features. This paper, taking “cultural turning” as a perspective of the innovation of physical geography, explains the background of cultural physical geography from the aspects of research objects and contents in physical geography. Then the paper describes three research lines of cultural physical geography which are the holistic studying perspective, the perception and imagination of environment and the studies on culture factors, based on which this paper explores that researches on human settlements, environmental image, environmental ethics as well as landscape restoration and environment design should be carried out by physical geography as its cultural issues. Finally, the paper emphasizes that physical geography will have further innovation under the affection of cultural turning, but meanwhile it is also very important and necessary to maintain its original disciplinary nature, target and methods.

Key words: cultural turning, human settlements, image, physical geography, physical geography with cultural feature