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Developed/Underdeveloped Countries Terminology

The terminology used to name the Developed and Underdeveloped countries is reviewed for those in the Multicultural World and Third World courses.

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Intermediate Countrycountry that is better off than the average underdeveloped country
Fourth World Countrycountry that is the worst off of the underdeveloped countries, UN based term
Rich and Poorsimple terms for developed and underdeveloped countries
Industrialized/Industrializingterm used in business areas, describes major economic sector only
North/SouthUN-created term, uses geographic reference, confusing
Less Developed Countryfull substitute for underdeveloped country
Developing Countryterm considered poor by some, no prefix
Third World/Third World Countryterm with dual meaning, in the US taken to be equal to underdeveloped, battlefield issue
Backward/Primitive Countryobsolete names used prior to 1960



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