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    DescriptionIt 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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    Title
    The Spirit Level
    Subtitle
    Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Richard Wilkinson, By (author) Kate Pickett, Foreword by Robert B Reich
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 374
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 208 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 363 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781608193417
    ISBN 10: 1608193411
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.0
    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC subject category V2: JPQB
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: JFSC, JKS
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: KCP
    Abridged Dewey: 330
    B&T General Subject: 180
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: SO
    Libri: I-SO
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27830
    BISAC V2.8: SOC050000
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: BUS069000
    LC classification: HB
    BISAC V2.8: POL023000
    B&T Approval Code: A41243000, A31570000
    DC22: 306.01
    DC21: 306.01
    BISAC V2.8: POL029000
    Edition statement
    Revised, Updated ed.
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, figures
    Publisher
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Publication date
    26 April 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    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 SchoolKate Pickett is a professor of epidemiology at the University of York and a National Institute for Health Research career scientist.
    Review quote
    "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 public health to deliver a major study of the effects of inequality on society. Though Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett are British, their research explores the United States in depth, and their work is an important contribution to the debate our country needs.""--"Robert B. Reich, from the""foreword"Might be the most important book of the year."--"Guardian""Fascinating and deeply provoking..."The Spirit Level "does contain a powerful political message. It is impossible to read it and not to be impressed by how often greater equality appears to be the answer, whatever happens to be the question. It provides a connection between what otherwise look like disparate social problems."--David Runciman, "London Review of Books"