The Spirit Level: Why Equality Is Better For Everyone
Shows 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... show more
Shows 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 future.
Publish date: November 1st 2010
Pages no: 300
Edition language: English
, Social Science
, Social Movements
, Social Justice
I’d picked up The Spirit Level at some point last year, but hadn’t actually got around it reading it. When I heard one of the authors was hosting a local event, as part of a festival of ideas and politics I decided now was the time to read it. The Spirit Level attempts to relate income inequality ...
Less concrete when compare to "The Price of Inequality" but spread the same message in a different way. Chats and chats and chats that compare why people living in less equality would make them less happy, less trusting. Just started on the first 4 chapters, already like it. Money mean less fo...
Compelling presentation of evidence that more equal societies have better health and social outcomes, such as trust, life expectancy, violence and child well-being. These benefits affect all income levels, not only the poorest, and are unrelated to GDP. The authors point out that increasing wealth h...
Not sure what the scatterplots meant if anything, but I would like to trust my fellow citizens. . .
It took me awhile to finish this because it is not really the kind of book one reads for entertainment. It really is a more academic expose of lots of research that indicates basically that the cause of almost all problems associated with 'Society' are to do with the level of disparity between the r...