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The Spirit Level : Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger - Richard Wilkinson

The Spirit Level

Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger


Published: 26th April 2011
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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 evidence presented is clear and meticulously researched but it takes time to understand the full and basic implications.The truth is there, with political effects that will be uncomfortable for some. The facts are distinct from wishful thinking.

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    "Wilkinson and Pickett make an eloquent case that the income gap between a nation's richest and poorest is the most powerful indicator of a functioning and healthy society...Felicitous prose and fascinating findings make this essential reading."--"Publishers Weekly "(starred)

    "In this fascinating sociological study, the authors do an excellent job of presenting the research, analyzing nuances, and offering policy suggestions for creating more equal and sustainable societies. For all readers, specialized or not, with an interest in understanding the dynamics today between economic and social conditions."--"Library Journal"

    ""The Spirit Level" will change the way you think about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, especially if you live in the United States. You will reexamine what it means to be successful, how you will seek and achieve personal satisfaction, and what you owe your fellow citizen."--Jo Perry, BookBrowse.com

    "It has taken two experts from the field of pub

    ISBN: 9781608193417
    ISBN-10: 1608193411
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 374
    Published: 26th April 2011
    Publisher: BLOOMSBURY
    Country of Publication: US
    Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 2.54
    Weight (kg): 0.41