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Written on: 31/01/2011
The Spirit Level, Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett: Penguin. 300pp + addendum.
The title is a word play on "spirit" with the implication that this means "an elevation of emotion", perhaps "happiness" (which some understand to mean a certain quality of life.) The book then seeks to prove that similar ("level") incomes in a society cause greater "happiness", listing parameters of "anti-happiness" such as shorter life expectancy, more teenage pregnancies, greater social violence, mental illness… Read Full Review
Written on: 13/08/2009 by philat8 (1 review written)
"The Spirit Level" is an astonishing book. Based on a vast array of research, and impeccably argued, it shows that countries with more equality have safer, happier, more collaborative and more sociable societies. It's very readable and full of surprising facts. The message is that we can actually reduce almost every social ill - disease, mental illness, stress, violence, crime, teenage births, obesity - by making society more equal. The evidence is compelling. More wealth doesn't make us… Read Full Review
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