The spirit level: why equality is better for everyone

Type Book
Author Richard G Wilkinson
Author Kate Pickett
Place London; New York
Publisher Penguin Books
ISBN 0241954290 9780241954294 9780141032368 0141032367
Date 2010
Library Catalog Open WorldCat
Language English
Abstract "Why do we mistrust people more in the UK than in Japan? Why do Americans have higher rates of teenage pregnancy than the French? What makes the Swedish thinner than the Greeks? The answer: inequality. This groundbreaking book, based on years of research, provides hard evidence to show: how almost everything – from life expectancy to depression levels, violence to illiteracy – is affected not by how wealthy a society is, but how equal it is; that societies with a bigger gap between rich and poor are bad for everyone in them – including the well-off; and, how we can find positive solutions and move towards a happier, fairer future. Urgent, provocative and genuinely uplifting, "The Spirit Level" has been heralded as providing a new way of thinking about ourselves and our communities, and could change the way you see the world." — Book cover.
Short Title The spirit level