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The Caribbean As Third World Region

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 How appropriate is it to describe the Caribbean as a third world region

The concept of “third world” often bears the implication or gives the broader picture of a ranking or categorical system of which the world’s countries or regions are placed. Certainly, the impression is given that there is a first and second world, though such terms are hardly mentioned. To some, it is an undesirable term or concept, and many shun from the notion of their country being referred to as third world territory; perhaps that is why the term “developing” or “underdeveloped” country is preferred. Nevertheless, the concept certainly attempts to stratify countries or ...view middle of the document...

These early inhabitants all left their mark on Caribbean culture and way of life, whether through language, religion, race and ethnicity, etc., hence the reason for the diversity within the region.
To label or consider the Caribbean third world would be to take into account all the different countries of the region and measure it against the attributes or characteristics of the “Third world.” So then what is third world? It is said that the term originated in the mid 1900’s and was supposed to refer to those nations, particularly in Asia and Africa, that did not align themselves with the polices of the western world such as the U.S. and the Soviet Union. However, over the years, the term has predominantly come to refer to underdeveloped or developing countries that are less advanced in almost all areas, such as economics, industry, politics, culture etc. The term is highly synonymous with poverty, as it is a way of categorizing the poorest nations of the world and is often economically dependent on the larger or more advanced countries. Scenes of poor infrastructure, high rates of unemployment, political instability, civil rights and inferior culture, are envisioned when considering third world countries.
If we are to measure or examine the Caribbean based on its economic well-being and poverty level, then we ought to view the economic position of the countries that comprise the region. Indeed the countries of the Caribbean all have varying economic levels and activity; some are in a better economic position than others. Some countries are more productive than others because of the different resources that they command and are endowed with. For example Trinidad and Tobago which is a leading producer of oil and gas because of its petroleum and also Jamaica which is rich in bauxite and alumina. Though the Caribbean has been labeled as not being rich in natural resources, it’s Tourism and agricultural sectors have immensely contributed to its economy throughout the years. In reviewing the World Bank’s GDP per capita figures for 2013, (which is often a measure of the standard of living of the average person in country, for a period of time usually yearly) the country with the highest GDP per capita was The Bahamas, with US 21,908 and the lowest was Haiti with US 820. It can be noted that Haiti is on of the worlds poorest countries. However, the region’s Highest GDP per capita, pales in comparison to that of Developed Nations such as the Unites States, Canada and other countries whose average ranged in the
Furthermore, Technological and infrastructural development is often considered lacking in third world territories. Many persons often judge or rank countries based on their infrastructure and technology, which to some extent is quite reasonable as we can often label countries or areas within our own country, as being “backward” if they fail to provide specific services, such as internet, which in today’s...

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