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The spirit level : why more equal societies almost always do better

Author: Richard G Wilkinson; Kate Pickett
Publisher: London : Allen Lane, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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It is common knowledge that, in rich societies, the poor have worse health and suffer more from almost every social problem. This book explains why inequality is the most serious problem societies face today.
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Genre/Form: Social problems
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard G Wilkinson; Kate Pickett
ISBN: 9781846140396 1846140390
OCLC Number: 276648834
Description: xvii, 330 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: The end of an era --
Poverty or inequality? --
How inequality gets under the skin --
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 --
Dysfunctional societies --
Our social inheritance --
Equality and sustainability --
Building the future.
Responsibility: Richard Wilkinson, Kate Pickett.
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'A profoundly important book whose findings challenge the preference for growth over equality' Richard Layard

 
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