REVISED EDITION NOW AVAILABLE
New Foreword by Richard Wilkinson & Kate Pickett, authors of The spirit level
Afterword by Daniel Dorling updates developments in the last year
Few would dispute that we live in an unequal and unjust world, but what causes this inequality to persist? Leading social commentator and academic Danny Dorling claims in this timely book that, as the five social evils identified by Beveridge are gradually being eradicated, they are being replaced by five new tenets of injustice, viz: elitism is efficient; exclusion is necessary; prejudice is natural; greed is good and despair is inevitable.
In an informal yet authoritative style, Dorling examines who is most harmed by these injustices and why, and what happens to those who most benefit. Hard-hitting and uncompromising in its call to action, this is essential reading for everyone concerned with social justice.
Danny Dorling is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Sheffield. With colleagues he has published 25 books, including 8 atlases, one now translated into 7 languages. In 2007 (Sir) Simon Jenkins described him as 'Geographer Royal by Appointment to the Left', in 2008 he was appointed Honorary President of the Society of Cartographers, and in 2009 he was presented with the Back Award of the Royal Geographical Society.
Foreword ~ Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett; Introduction; Inequality: the antecedent and outcome and of injustice; 'Elitism is efficient': new educational divisions; 'Exclusion is necessary': excluding people from society; 'Prejudice is natural': a wider racism; 'Greed is good': consumption and waste; 'Despair is inevitable': health and well-being; Conclusion, conspiracy, consensus; Afterword.
"..salutary, shocking reading." Boyd Tonkin, The Independent
"Original and angry" Wall Street Journal
"A brilliant analysis of the nature of inequality in the UK. It is a 'must read' for anyone who wants to understand inequality and how we might tackle it." Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive, RSA
"For decades researchers have shown the damage inequality does to all society and Dorling's wonderful book extends this. With brilliance and passion Dorling analyses the mind-set of entitlement among those who hold ever tighter to money, power and life's best rewards, generation to generation." Polly Toynbee, The Guardian
"A powerful and entertaining read, which sets forth a bold, innovative .. thesis about contemporary inequality" Sociological Research