University of Leicester eBulletin

Dividing up the Globe: Is There Still a 'Third World'?

January 2003
No 26

We live in an age of globalisation. Is it still useful to identify a group of countries as the 'Third World'?

A free public lecture by Dr Claire Mercer of the University of Leicester Department of Geography will take a critical look at the use of the term, its alternatives and the meaning hidden behind them, to suggest that the 'Third World' exists as much in our geographical imaginations as on the world map.

The lecture will take place on Thursday, February 6, 2003 at 7.30 pm in Lecture Theatre 2, Bennett Building, University of Leicester main campus.

Dr Mercerís research interests are centred on the political, social and cultural geographies of the Developing World, with a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa. More specifically she has been concerned with current debates about the reinvention of development theories and practices around the idea of civil society in general, and Non-Government Organisations in particular.

NOTE TO EDITORS:   Further information is available from Dr Claire Mercer, Department of Geography, University of Leicester, telephone 0116 252 3631, facsimile 0116 252 3854, email

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