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Geographies of Development: New Maps, New Visions?*

Geographies of Development: New Maps, New Visions?* The use of categories (such as developing world or Third World) to demarcate world regions on the basis of their levels of development is increasingly disputed. Moreover, in the last few years, references have proliferated to the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India, China), or sometimes BRICA (adding the Arab states of the Gulf), as hyperlinks to future-oriented investment in the world economy. These new labels rest on more than two decades of discourse about “emerging markets” and are embodiments of and agents in the decomposition of the Third World as denoting a meaningful geopolitical and epistemological category. Where are and what then remains of the geography of development and the Third World? In addressing such questions, nuanced maps will be needed. This article sketches some alternatives. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Professional Geographer Taylor & Francis

Geographies of Development: New Maps, New Visions?*

The Professional Geographer , Volume 64 (1): 14 – Feb 1, 2012
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Taylor & Francis
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Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1467-9272
eISSN
0033-0124
DOI
10.1080/00330124.2011.586878
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Abstract

The use of categories (such as developing world or Third World) to demarcate world regions on the basis of their levels of development is increasingly disputed. Moreover, in the last few years, references have proliferated to the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India, China), or sometimes BRICA (adding the Arab states of the Gulf), as hyperlinks to future-oriented investment in the world economy. These new labels rest on more than two decades of discourse about “emerging markets” and are embodiments of and agents in the decomposition of the Third World as denoting a meaningful geopolitical and epistemological category. Where are and what then remains of the geography of development and the Third World? In addressing such questions, nuanced maps will be needed. This article sketches some alternatives.

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The Professional GeographerTaylor & Francis

Published: Feb 1, 2012

Keywords: BRICs; development; geopolitics; mapping; Third World; 金砖四国; 发展; 地缘政治; 绘图; 第三世界; BRICs; desarrollo; geopolítica; mapeo; Tercer Mundo

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