Health and social inequalities are one of the most challenging social problems in contemporary societies. In The Spirit Level Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett put inequality at the centre of public debate by showing conclusively that less equal societies fare worse than more equal ones across everything from education to life expectancy.
The Inner Level explains how inequality affects us individually, how it alters how we think, feel and behave. It sets out the overwhelming evidence that material inequities have powerful psychological effects: when the gap between rich and poor increases, so does the tendency to define and value ourselves and others in terms of superiority and inferiority. A deep well of data and analysis is drawn upon to empirically show, for example, that low social status is associated with elevated levels of stress hormones, and how rates of anxiety and depression are intimately related to the inequality which makes that status paramount.
The Equality Trust works to improve the quality of life in the UK by reducing economic and social inequality. The Spirit Level and The Inner Level books are both published by Penguin Random House. Both books will be available at our pop-up book shop from Waterstones in Glasgow and the Lighthouse Bookshop in Edinburgh.
This event will be of interest to policy makers, academics, students and concerned citizens. It is a chance to hear and debate one of the most vital issues of our time. There will be presentations, debate and book signings. Do join us.