The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, May 3, 2011 - Social Science - 374 pages
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It is a well-established fact that in rich societies the poor have shorter lives and suffer more from almost every social problem. The Spirit Level, based on thirty years of research, takes this truth a step further. One common factor links the healthiest and happiest societies: the degree of equality among their members. Further, more unequal societies are bad for everyone within them-the rich and middle class as well as the poor.
The remarkable data assembled in The Spirit Level exposes stark differences, not only among the nations of the first world but even within America's fifty states. Almost every modern social problem-poor health, violence, lack of community life, teen pregnancy, mental illness-is more likely to occur in a less-equal society.
Renowned researchers Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett lay bare the contradictions between material success and social failure in the developed world. But they do not merely tell us what's wrong. They offer a way toward a new political outlook, shifting from self-interested consumerism to a friendlier, more sustainable society.

 

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THE SPIRIT LEVEL: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger

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Predatory capitalism makes some of us poor and some of us rich, of course, but it also makes most of us sick, crime-ridden and mad—or so two British social scientists contend.In a scholarly work that ... Read full review

Contents

The end of an era
3
Poverty or inequality?
15
How inequality gets under the skin
31
Community life and social relations
49
Mental health and drug use
63
Physical health and life expectancy
73
wider income gaps wider waists
89
Educational performance
103
unequal opportunities
157
Dysfunctional societies
173
Our social inheritance
197
Equality and sustainability
217
Building the future
235
Postscript Research Meets Politics
273
The Equality Trust
299
Sources of Data for the Indices
306

recycling deprivation
119
gaining respect
129
Imprisonment and punishment
145
References
312
Index
343
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Richard Wilkinson has played a formative role in international research on inequality, and his work has been published in ten languages. He is professor emeritus at the University of Nottingham Medical School
Kate Pickett is a professor of epidemiology at the University of York and a National Institute for Health Research career scientist.

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