PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2011, Vol. 30 ›› Issue (4): 452-462.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2011.04.008

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The Evolution of Spatial Structure of Rural Households'Consuming Behaviors in Undeveloped Rural Areas and Its Influencing Factors: A Case of Ercheng Town in Hubei Province

LI Bohua1, LIU Peilin1,2, ZHANG Boye3, TIAN Yaping1   

  1. 1. Department of Geography & Tourism Management, Hengyang Normal University, Hengyang 421008, China;
    2. College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China;
    3. College of Urban and Environmental Science, Huazhong Normal University,Wuhan 430079, China
  • Received:2010-06-01 Revised:2010-08-01 Online:2011-04-25 Published:2011-04-25

Abstract: The space for rural households' consuming behavior space is a part and a parcel of rural spatial structure. Under the influence of the existing rural material spatial structure and social spatial structure, rural households' consuming behavior space forms a new rural spatial structure. Based on the interviews and questionnaires to 100 rural households of 8 villages in Ercheng Town, Hubei Province, this article summarized the general rule and the mechanism of the spatial structure evolution of rural households' consuming behaviors. The results show that the average distance of rural households' consuming behaviors reduces in general, the characteristics of places and structures of circles and layers of households'consuming behaviors become different, and spatial hierarchy structures of rural households' consuming behaviors change greatly and move down in general except for household appliances. Influencing factors mainly include system factors, transportation conditions and individual preference of consumption demand. The spatial structures of rural households and urban inhabitants consuming behaviors have a great discrepancy although they have certain degree of similarities.

Key words: consuming behaviors, Haunggang of Hubei province, hierarchy structure, influencing factors, rural households, spatial structure