In wealthy countries, health is not simply a matter of how material circumstances determine your quality of life and access to health care; it is how your social standing makes you feel. The Impact of Inequality explains why low social statusbeing devalued and looked down onis so stressful and can have devastating effects on people's lives and communities. Comparing the United States with other market democracies and one state with another, this book shows why more unequal societies have poorer communal environments, and why the whole social spectrum suffers everything from higher levels of violence to more widespread depression.
The Impact of Inequality presents a radical theory of the psychosocial impact of class stratification, with particular emphasis on health and the quality of societal relations. It addresses people's experience of class and inequality and the pervasive sense that modern societies, despite material success, are social failures. At the same time, it shows that even small reductions in inequality matter, compelling us to pursue greater social and political equality to improve life for everyone....Continua