The Afflictions of Inequality
By (author) Richard G. Wilkinson
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Unhealthy Societies by Richard G. Wilkinson
Book DescriptionAmong the developed countries it is not the richest societies which have the best health, but those which have the smallest income differences between rich and poor. Inequality and relative poverty have absolute effects: they increase death rates. But why? How can smaller income differences raise average life expectancy? Using examples from the USA, Britain, Japan and Eastern Europe, and bringing together evidence from the social and medical sciences, Unhealthy Socities provides the explanation. Healthy, egalitarian societies are more socially cohesive. They have a stronger community life and suffer fewer of the corrosive effects of inequality. As well as inequality weakening the social fabric, damaging health and increasing crime rates, Unhealthy Societies shows that social cohesion is crucial to the quality of life. The contrast between the material success and social failure of modern societies marks an imbalance which needs attention. The relationship between health and equality suggests that important social needs will go unmet without a larger measure of social and distributive justice. This path-breaking book is essential reading for health psychologists, sociologists, welfare economists, social policy analysts and all those concerned with the future of developed societies.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415092357
(216mm x 138mm x 21mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 12-Sep-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Richard G. Wilkinson
Social Capital and Mental Health, Paperback (March 2006)
The book examines its effects on psychological functioning and on the risk factors for mental health that are associated with communities that have either high or low levels of social capital. Analyses the implications of research findings for future policy developments and makes clear recommendations for future practice and research.
Impact of Inequality, Paperback (February 2005)
Explores the effects that social and economic differences have on our health as individuals and as whole societies. The author argues that this takes us to the roots of social malaise and also makes suggestions about the changes required to increase life expectancy and the quality of life for us all.
Unhealthy Societies, Hardback (September 1996)» View all books by Richard G. Wilkinson
Among developed countries it is not the richest societies that have the best health, but those that have the smallest income differences between rich and poor. Why? This book shows that social cohesion is crucial to the quality of life.
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Author Biography - Richard G. Wilkinson
Richard G. Wilkinson is Senior Research Fellow at The Trafford Centre for Medical Research, University of Sussex.
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