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The Spirit Level
Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett
Discuss the effect of everyone in society
1) Outline the main argument. List what the authors call social diseases.
Wilkinson raises issues such as teenage pregnancy, mental illnesses, higher prison
populations, more murders, higher obesity and less numeracy and literacy in more unequal
2) The number for each country shows how many times more income the richest fifth
have than the poorest. The UK ratio of 7.2 is one of the highest in the free world. It
comes third to the top.
3) Wilkinson used comparative methodology.
4) In relation to white working class boys, they would be part of the poorest fifth in the
UK. They would be who Wilkinson is referring to where he mentions high obesity,
less numeracy and literacy, teenage pregnancy, mental illness and higher prison


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