Definition of Semi-peripheral Nations
(noun) In world systems theory, nations that are not powerful enough to dictate economic and political policy but are sources of raw materials and an expanding middle-class marketplace which exploits peripheral nations, and is exploited by core nations.
Examples of Semi-peripheral Nations
Semi-peripheral Nations Pronunciation
Syllabification: sem·i pe·riph·er·al na·tions
- American English – /sEm-i-puhr-rIf-uhr-ruhl nAY-shuhnz/
- British English – /sE-mi-puh-rIf-uh-ruhl nAY-shuhnz/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˈsɛmi-pəˈrɪfərəl ˈneɪʃənz/
- British English – /ˈsɛmi-pəˈrɪfərəl ˈneɪʃənz/
- Singular: semi-peripheral nation
- Immanuel Wallerstein (born 1930), a key theorist in world-systems theory developed the typology of core nations, semiperipheral nations, and peripheral nations.
- Variant spelling: semiperipheral nations
- Also called:
- semiperipheral countries
- “the semi-periphery”
- “Transitions from the semiperiphery to the core have historically been rare, and have largely driven by chance (e.g., the discovery of oil) or massive transfers (e.g., membership in the EU). Neither mechanism can be relied upon to drive policy in the poorer countries of the world more broadly . . . Keeping in mind that the vast majority of the world’s population lives in the periphery of the world-economy, it would not be an unworthy goal to focus on ways to help peripheral countries attain semiperipheral income levels. While the current research gives no guidance on how to accomplish this goal, it does suggest that such a goal might be productively pursued” (Babones 2005:53).
- World-systems Research Resources – Books, Journals, and Helpful Links
- Word origin of “semi-” and “peripheral” and “nation” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
- core nations
- dependency theory
- global perspective
- peripheral nations
- world-systems theory
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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “semi-peripheral nations.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 19, 2021 (https://sociologydictionary.org/semi-peripheral-nations/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
semi-peripheral nations. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/semi-peripheral-nations/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “semi-peripheral nations.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 19, 2021. https://sociologydictionary.org/semi-peripheral-nations/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“semi-peripheral nations.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 19 Oct. 2021. <https://sociologydictionary.org/semi-peripheral-nations/>.