PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2019, Vol. 38 ›› Issue (5): 662-674.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2019.05.004

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Progress of connotation, dimension, and influencing factors of place identity

Xujun DAI(), Aili LIU*()   

  1. College of Resource Environment and Tourism, Capital Normal University, Beijing 100048, China
  • Received:2018-12-18 Revised:2019-03-01 Online:2019-05-28 Published:2019-05-28
  • Contact: Aili LIU;
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China, No. 41871130; Beijing Social Science Foundation of Beijing, No. 16GLC071


As one of the core concepts of human geography, place identity reflects the subjects' emotional attachment to the place. It not only can affect residents' satisfaction and tourists' loyalty to the place, but also affects the subjects' environmental behavior, and thus affects the sustainable development of tourism. Based on the related literature in China and internationally, this article makes a comprehensive analysis of the connotation, dimension, and influencing factors and mechanisms of place identity. The main conclusions include: 1) Understanding of place identity connotation and division of its dimensions are dependent on the academic backgrounds of researchers and the purposes of research. There are five logical relationships between place identity and related concepts. Connotation analysis based on the new epistemology will help promote the understanding of the concept of place identity. Further clarification of the relationships between place identity and related concepts helps to standardize the classification, methods, and applicable standards. 2) Factors affecting place identity include individual, local natural environmental, social, culture factors, and so on. The study of human-environment relationship of human geography is the main paradigm of place identity research. Application of multiple theoretical perspectives is an important direction for examining the influencing factors and mechanisms of place identity in the future. 3) Place identity research in China started late. Although scholars in China and abroad agree on the core content of place identity research, the depth and breadth of their research are different. Only a few scholars in China pay attention to the impact of spatial scale and local landscape on place identity. Research on the relationship between climate, time, and place identity is the key content that needs to be focused on in the future.

Key words: place identity, place theory, connotation, dimension, influencing factor