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peripheral nations

Definition of Peripheral Nations

(noun) In world systems theory, poor nations that have limited industrialization and uneven distribution of urbanization, that are exploited by core nations and semi-peripheral nations for their raw materials and inexpensive labor.

Examples of Peripheral Nations

Note: Based on research by Babones (2005).

Peripheral Nations Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: pe·riph·er·al na·tions

Audio Pronunciation

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Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /puhr-rIf-uhr-ruhl nAY-shuhnz/
  • British English – /puh-rIf-uh-ruhl nAY-shuhnz/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /pəˈrɪfərəl ˈneɪʃənz/
  • British English – /pəˈrɪfərəl ˈneɪʃənz/

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Babones, Salvatore J. 2005. “The Country-level Income Structure of the World-economy.” Journal of World-Systems Research 11(1):29–55. doi:10.5195/jwsr.2005.392.

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Cite the Definition of Peripheral Nations

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “peripheral nations.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved March 4, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/peripheral-nations/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

peripheral nations. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/peripheral-nations/

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “peripheral nations.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed March 4, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/peripheral-nations/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“peripheral nations.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 4 Mar. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/peripheral-nations/>.