Looks for answers to the questions surrounding gaps between rich and poor in less-developed countries and the gaps between industrialized and less-developed nations. Material is arranged in sections on domestic income inequality, limits to convergence, culture and modernization, dependency and world-system theory, and the state and growth. This is the second edition of a title first published in 1993, which grew from a 1984 seminar. Of 35 selections, 15 are new. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.