THE TERM GLOBAL SOUTH (CONT) 01/16/2014
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Yet, despite this heterogeneity, the states of the South shared a number of characteristics that welded
together into a “basic unity” with a “shared identity”
Most states of the South lagging significantly behind those in terms of prosperity and progress.
Most of the people of the South are impoverished and locked in an ongoing battle against malnutrition,
disease, low life expectancy and high infant mortality rates, This compounded by a lack of medical and
sanitation infrastructure as well as shortages of medical professionals.
Most peoples in the South have inadequate access to education own to a lack of educational infrastructure
Most economies of the South are weal and vulnerable. Despite advances in the manufacturing, industrial,
and service sectors, most states in the South continue to depend in the export demand and princesensitive
primary products and natural resources. In addition, illhealth and low education levels contribute to low
“circular and cumulative causation” (Gunnar Myrdal): low living levels reinforce low productivity and low
productivity reinforces low living levels.
Most states in the South experience high rates of population growth and high “dependency burdens” Unlike
the North were reproduction was actually declining. The more this states are unable to provide for their
populations the more poor and unstable they get.
Most states of the South are susceptible to external pressures and devoid of “effective or “de facto”
North controls the patterns and terms of the trade between the North and the South.
North dictates the terms by which technology, foreign aid, and private capital are transferred to the South.
(i.e. World Bank and IMF conditionally)
Some people are quite reluctant to the term “south” because it refers to the southern hemisphere, whic