In a context such as,

The harsh realities as the result of the socioeconomic conditions plaguing the global south

Should it be "Global South"

or "global south"?


There may be a bit of variance among style guides, but The Chicago Manual of Style would capialize "Global South" as like Deep South. Unless, the intention of the writer is "to the south of."

  • Interesting, I suppose it makes sense since "global south" is two words with otherwise clear meanings, and them being next to each other does not necessarily symbolize a special term.
    – Jaico
    Jan 9 '16 at 0:14
  • However, if by "south" the writer means the entire Southern Hemisphere, and by "global" the writer is providing nothing more than clarification, I think you can make an argument for global South, but that's a stretch.
    – Stu W
    Jan 9 '16 at 1:31

Jaico: Global South is well enough established in specific academic disciplines to be considered as a 'special term'. It references specific theoretical arguments and lines of thought in published academic literature.

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