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
Date Written: December 16, 2010
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
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