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The Spirit Level - Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger-logo

The Spirit Level - Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger

Kate Pickett

It 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.

It 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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It 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Richard Wilkinson, Clive Chafer

Length:

8h 27m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

21:40


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

19:00


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

25:41


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

31:22


Part 2, Chapter 4
Part 2, Chapter 4

24:42


Part 2, Chapter 5
Part 2, Chapter 5

15:29


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

23:14


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

26:34


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

24:14


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

18:11


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

28:16


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

22:48


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

24:44


Part 3, Chapter 13
Part 3, Chapter 13

44:29


Part 3, Chapter 14
Part 3, Chapter 14

44:03


Part 3, Chapter 15
Part 3, Chapter 15

27:49


Part 3, Chapter 16
Part 3, Chapter 16

39:43


Part 3, Chapter 17
Part 3, Chapter 17

45:09


Part 3, Chapter 18
Part 3, Chapter 18

00:25