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Monday, December 16, 2013

What does the term Third World really mean?


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What does the term Third World really mean?



The phrase Third World, there is no official agreed upon definition of the term however, people in their everyday conversations use the term third world to describe poor developing countries and inferior individuals.

Alfred Sauvy coined the original meaning of third world, in 1952. Third world meant countries that were unaligned with either the Communist Soviet bloc or the Capitalist NATO bloc during the Cold War.

The term Third World implies counties and their people are inferior due to widespread poverty and other factors. The term Third World obscures all parts of a country's culture and contributions that are not of an economic nature.

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Female farm owners in Sierra Leone  Africa

Who are the first, second and third world countries? First World refers to developed, capitalist, industrial countries, North America, Western Europe, Japan and Australia. Second World refers to Russia, Eastern Europe and some of the Turkish States as well as China. The term Third World includes developing nations of Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Lately the term Third World is used interchangeably with Developing Countries or as US President Donald Trump colorfully said shitholes in regards to the economic development of a country. However, rather than ignoring and dismissing a country and its peoples culture based solely on economics we need to look at the culture, history and most importantly the people as human beings.

Every culture has something special and important to share. Every world citizen has beautiful stories and songs, delicious food, fabulous creative arts and wonders of nature to reveal. Do not allow terms like Third World or Developing Countries or Shitholes end your journey of learning about different cultures before it begins.

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Mother selling avocados in her small rural town 

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