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Development geography

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In Development geography it is the main issue to study about the poorest countries of the world, most of which are situated in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Developing countries represent the South as the contrary to the North under the currant economic, cultural and social processes of globalisation. The high-tech economy of the North is best to be seen in Europe, the United States and Australia.

Newly Industrialised Countries as China, India, Brazil and Mexico are the new competitors of the North as regards to the new international division of labour force, production and markets. The new phenomenon may diffuse the traditional lines of poverty and digital divide.

Development geography makes a good use of the problem-oriented, interdisciplinary and multicultural fields of science, with its regional approach. Globalisation can be perceived as the mutual interplay of global and local approaches within the methodology of Participatory Learning Approach (PLA, qualitative) and Geographic Information System GIS, quantitative).

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