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Fourth World

Definition of Fourth World

(noun) Umbrella term used to describe various groups from diverse backgrounds, cultures and societies who are stigmatized, voiceless or underrepresented.

Etymology of Fourth World

Fourth World Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /fɔrθ wər(ə)ld/
    • British English
      • /fɔːθ wəːld/
  • Syllabification: (fourth world)

Usage Note

  • Plural: Fourth Worlds

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Works Consulted

Griffiths, Heather, Nathan Keirns, Eric Strayer, Susan Cody-Rydzewski, Gail Scaramuzzo, Tommy Sadler, Sally Vyain, Jeff Bry, Faye Jones. 2016. Introduction to Sociology 2e. Houston, TX: OpenStax.

Kendall, Diana. 2011. Sociology in Our Times. 8th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Macionis, John, and Kenneth Plummer. 2012. Sociology: A Global Introduction. 4th ed. Harlow, England: Pearson Education.

Marsh, Ian, and Mike Keating, eds. 2006. Sociology: Making Sense of Society. 3rd ed. Harlow, England: Pearson Education.

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Cite the Definition of Fourth World

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “Fourth World.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved August 26, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/fourth-world/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

Fourth World. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/fourth-world/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “Fourth World.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed August 26, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/fourth-world/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“Fourth World.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 26 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/fourth-world/>.