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Wilkinson, Richard G
The spirit level : why greater equality makes societies stronger / Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett
New York, NY : Bloomsbury Press, 2010
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 3rd Floor  HM821 .W55 2010    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Equality
Social mobility
Quality of life
Social policy
Physical Description xv, 330 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Note Originally published: London : Allen Lane, 2009
Includes bibliographical references (p. 271-297) and index
Contents Material success, social failure. The end of an era ; Poverty or inequality? ; How inequality gets under the skin -- The costs of inequality. Community life and social relations ; Mental health and drug use ; Physical health and life expectancy ; Obesity : wider income gaps, wider waists ; Educational performance ; Teenage births : recycling deprivation ; Violence : gaining respect ; Imprisonment and punishment ; Social mobility : unequal opportunities -- A better society. Dysfunctional societies ; Our social inheritance ; Equality and sustainability ; Building the future
Summary This eye-opening UK bestseller shows how one single factor--the gap between its richest and poorest members--can determine the health and well-being of a society. The authors also outline a new political outlook in which a shift from self-interested consumerism to a friendlier, more sustainable society is paramount
Alternate Author Pickett, Kate

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