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Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Notes to Identity Politics


1. The term "Third World" is clearly problematic in that it indicates a part of the world that has fallen behind, or lost the race to development altogether, rather than highlighting the exploitation and over-development of the “First World.” The term “Fourth World” is used to describe the increasing numbers of very poor who live in the world's wealthy countries.

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