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Fourth World Nation: A Critical Geography of Decline

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posted on 2019-10-16, 16:16 authored by Olon Frederick DotsonOlon Frederick Dotson
Dissertation declaring that The United States of America is a Fourth World Nation. It has earned this distinction as direct a result of the manner in which it was established, how it developed, and the fact that it has demonstratively failed to confront its ever-increasing disparity and unevenness. Fourth World Theory provides a foundation and framework for a critical investigation of society and culture though an analytical lens, and an examination of the inequities that are increasingly prevalent throughout a post-industrial, post-agrarian, post-developing space of inevitable decline.


Degree Type

  • Doctor of Philosophy


  • American Studies

Campus location

  • West Lafayette

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Bill V. Mullen

Additional Committee Member 2

Leonard Harris

Additional Committee Member 3

Cornelius Bynum

Additional Committee Member 4

S. Paul O'Hara (External)