Cloth $60.00 ISBN: 9781847424266 Published April 2010 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $20.00 ISBN: 9781847427205 Published April 2011 For sale in North and South America only


Why social inequality persists

Daniel Dorling

Daniel Dorling

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

400 pages
Cloth $60.00 ISBN: 9781847424266 Published April 2010 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $20.00 ISBN: 9781847427205 Published April 2011 For sale in North and South America only

Few would dispute that we live in an unequal and unjust world, but what causes this inequality to persist? In the new paperback edition of this timely book, Danny Dorling, a leading social commentator and academic, claims that in rich countries inequality is no longer caused by not having enough resources to share but by unrecognized and unacknowledged beliefs which actually propagate it.
Based on significant research across a range of fields, Dorling argues that, as the five social evils identified by Beveridge at the dawn of the British welfare state (ignorance, want, idleness, squalor, and disease) are gradually being eradicated they are being replaced by five new tenets of injustice: elitism is efficient, exclusion is necessary, prejudice is natural, greed is good, and despair is inevitable.
With an informal yet authoritative style, Dorling examines who is most harmed by these injustices, why, and what happens to those who most benefit. With a new foreword by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, authors of The Spirit Level, and a new afterword by Dorling himself examining developments during 2010, this book is hard-hitting and uncompromising in its call to action and continues to make essential reading for everyone concerned with social justice.

Wall Street Journal
“Original and angry.”
Polly Toynbee | Guardian (UK)
"Brilliant and passionate."
Matthew Taylor
“A brilliant analysis. . . A 'must read' for anyone who wants to understand inequality and how we might tackle it.”
Independent (UK)
“Salutary, shocking reading.”
British Medical Journal
"Forensic and hard hitting."
"An excellent, sharp,  and at times poignant analysis of the political, social, and economic situation that capitalism as a social system is in today."
Times Higher Education (UK)
"A fascinating read that sticks in the memory."
Socialist Review
"[Dorling provides] valuable ammunition for attacking the ideas of our rulers and his book deserves a wide readership."
Public Health Today
“An impassioned and informed plea for greater social justice.”
New Left Review
“Engaged and angry.”
Morning Star
“Essential reading for everyone concerned with social justice.”
Labour Briefing
“One of the foremost thinkers on the issue of social inequality today.”
Sociological Research
"A powerful and entertaining read, which sets forth a bold, innovative thesis about contemporary inequality."
List of figures and tables

1. Introduction
1.1 The beliefs that uphold injustice
    1.2 The five faces of social inequality
    1.3 A pocket full of posies
2. Inequality: the antecedent and outcome of injustice
2.1 The inevitability of change: what we do now that we are rich
    2.2 Injustice rising out of the ashes of social evils
    2.3 So where do we go from here?
3. 'Elitism is efficient': new educational divisions
3.1 The 'new delinquents': those most harmed by elitism, a seventh of all children
    3.2 IQism: the underlying rationale for the growth of elitism
    3.3 Apartheid schooling: from garaging to hot housing
    3.4 Putting on a pedestal: superhuman myths
    3.5 The 1950s: from ignorance to arrogance
4. 'Exclusion is necessary': excluding people from society
4.1 Indebted: those most harmed by exclusion, a sixth of all people
    4.2 Geneticism: the theories that exacerbate social exclusion
    4.3 Segregation: of community from community
    4.4 Escapism: of the rich behind walls
    4.5 The 1960s: the turning point from inclusion to exclusion
5. 'Prejudice is natural': a wider racism
5.1 Indenture: labour for miserable reward, a fifth of all adults
    5.2 Darwinism: thinking that different incentives are needed
    5.3 Polarisation: of the economic performance of regions
    5.4 Inheritance: the mechanism of prejudice
    5.5 The 1970s: the new racism
6. 'Greed is good': consumption and waste
6.1 Not part of the programme: just getting by, a quarter of all households
    6.2 Economics: the discipline with so much to answer for
    6.3 Gulfs: between our lives and our worlds
    6.4 Celebrity: celebrated as a model of success
    6.5 The 1980s: changing the rules of trade
7. 'Despair is inevitable': health and well-being
7.1 Anxiety: made ill through the way we live, a third of all families
    7.2 Competition: proposing insecurity as beneficial
    7.3 Culture: the international gaps in societal well-being
    7.4 Bird-brained thinking: putting profit above caring
    7.5 The 1990s: birth of mass medicating
8. Conclusion, conspiracy, consensus

    Social evil in 2010
    Evils in the UK
    What to do
Notes and sources
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