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The spirit level : why equality is better for everyone /

by Wilkinson, Richard G.
Additional authors: Pickett, Kate.
Published by : Penguin Books, (London :) Physical details: xvii, 375 p. : ill. ; 20 cm. ISBN:9780241954294 (pbk.); 0241954290 (pbk.). Year: 2010 List(s) this item appears in: Mental Health
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Books Books Azim Premji University, Bangalore
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First published in Great Britain by Allen Lane, 2009.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 271-297) and index.

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.

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.

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