The Geographical Legacies of Mountains: Impacts on Cultural Difference Landscapes

Wenjie Wu, Jianghao Wang, Tianshi Dai, Mark X. Wang

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Abstract

Large-scale mountains that affect civilized linguistic exchanges over space offer potentially profound cultural difference landscape implications. This article uses China's national trunk mountain system as a natural experiment to explore the connection between spatial adjacency of mountains and cultural difference landscapes. Our spatial design documents that the presence of mountains widens the linguistic difference between two cities located on the opposite mountain sides, particularly when they are adjacent to administrative borders. The effect dwindles as spatial contiguity margins between city pairs increases. The results shed light on the importance of conceptualizing geographic contextual constraints to the configuration of cultural difference landscapes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-290
Number of pages14
JournalAnnals of the Association of American Geographers
Volume108
Issue number1
Early online date28 Aug 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2018

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