ERIC Number: EJ894998
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
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Reference Count: 88
The World Social Situation: Development Challenges at the Outset of a New Century
Estes, Richard J.
Social Indicators Research, v98 n3 p363-402 Sep 2010
World social development has arrived at a critical turning point. Economically advanced nations have made significant progress toward meeting the basic needs of their populations; however, the majority of developing countries have not. Problems of rapid population growth, failing economies, famine, environmental devastation, majority-minority group conflicts, increasing militarization, among others, are pushing many developing nations toward the brink of social chaos. This paper focuses on worldwide development trends for the 40-year period 1970-2009. Particular attention is given to the disparities in development that exist between the world's "rich" and "poor" countries as well as the global forces that sustain these disparities. The paper also discusses more recent positive trends occurring within the world's "socially least developed countries" (SLDCs), especially those located in Africa and Asia, in reducing poverty and in promoting improved quality of life for increasing numbers of their populations.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Quality of Life, Developing Nations, Developed Nations, Trend Analysis, Economic Development, Social Indicators, Comparative Analysis, Economic Factors, Social Environment, Social History, World Problems
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Identifiers - Location: Africa; Asia