The Border Between Core and Periphery: Geographical Representations of the World System

Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, Vol. 101, No. 1, pp. 26-36, 2010

12 Pages Posted: 19 Dec 2010 Last revised: 30 Dec 2010

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Alberto Vanolo

Dipartimento Culture, Politica e Società, Università di Torino

Date Written: December 16, 2010

Abstract

Geographical metaphors such as centre-periphery or First-Second-Third World are widely used to describe the world economic system. This paper discusses the role of metaphors in geographical representations and proposes some guidelines for the analysis and classification. This methodology is then applied to a sample of well known textual metaphors used to describe the world economic scenario, including ideas of a First-Second-Third World, North-South, core-periphery, Global Triad, global network, flat and fluid world. The classification is linked to the debates originating such metaphors, and it will be used in order to propose some concluding remarks on the possibility of development of new geographical metaphors.

Keywords: World system, metaphors, representations, North-South, centre-periphery, Third World

Suggested Citation

Vanolo, Alberto, The Border Between Core and Periphery: Geographical Representations of the World System (December 16, 2010). Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, Vol. 101, No. 1, pp. 26-36, 2010 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1726421

Alberto Vanolo (Contact Author)

Dipartimento Culture, Politica e Società, Università di Torino ( email )

Torino, Turin - Piedmont
Italy

HOME PAGE: http://web.econ.unito.it/vanolo

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