The New Press
September 1, 2006
The evidence is irrefutable: unequal societies create poor health, more social conflict, and more violence. In The Impact of Inequality, internationally renowned and pioneering social scientist Richard Wilkinson explains why inequality has such devastating effect on the quality and length of our lives.
Comparing the United States with other market democracies and one state with another, Wilkinson shows that inequality leads to stress, stress creates sickness on the individual and mass level, and society overall suffers wide-spread unhappiness and high levels of violence, depression, and mistrust across the social spectrum. Yet even small reductions in inequality can make an important difference – for, as this book explains, social relations are always built on material foundations.
Richard Wilkinson is Professor of Social Epidemiology at the University of Nottingham Medical School, and visiting professor and Associate Director of the International Centre for Health and Society at University College London. He is the author of Unhealthy Societies, Mind the Gap, and Poverty and Progress.