PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2020, Vol. 39 ›› Issue (12): 2118-2128.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2020.12.013

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Research progress and trends of geographies of migration from the perspective of “cultural turn”

OUYANG Yi(), HUANG Jian, CHEN Xiaoliang*()   

  1. School of Geography and Remote Sensing,Guangdong Provincial Center for Urban and Migration Studies, Guangzhou 510006, China
  • Received:2020-03-09 Revised:2020-07-26 Online:2020-12-28 Published:2021-02-28
  • Contact: CHEN Xiaoliang;
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China(41601133);National Natural Science Foundation of China(41630635);National Natural Science Foundation of China(41671146);National Natural Science Foundation of China(41971183)


This article summarizes the geographical research on immigration and in particular the research on the floating population of China in the context of globalization and new-type urbanization, and discusses the research progress and trends of immigration geography from the perspective of "cultural turn". The findings include: 1) The geographic studies of migration mainly focuses on the mode of immigration and research of motivation, the local negotiation research of immigrants, the cultural interaction of immigrants and the daily life, and identity and emotion of immigrants; and the geographies of migration focus on the human-land relationships of "immigrant-place", especially the practice and negotiation of place. 2) Under the influence of "cultural turn", the geographic research of migration has gradually switched the focus from the macro structures of migration to the micro contexts of everyday life, emotion, power, and social relations, which increasingly engages in the diversity and complexity of migration. 3) The research on Chinese migration mainly focuses on the floating population in the context of "urban-rural" dualism, which needs to be extended to research on the diverse immigrants in the context of globalization. This article attempts to expand the research agenda about the geographies of migration in China and produce the new knowledge of immigration based on the discourse of developing countries.

Key words: geographies of migration, negotiation of place, immigrant and place, cultural turn, daily life