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Mind the Gap: Hierarchies, Health, and Human Evolution

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Inequality kills. Both rich and poor die younger in countries with the greatest inequalities in income. Countries such as the United States with big gaps between rich and poor have higher death rates than those with smaller gaps such as Sweden and Japan. Why? In this provocative book, Richard Wilkinson provides a novel Darwinian approach to the question.Wilkinson points ou ...more
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published July 11th 2001 by Yale University Press (first published 2000)
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Elizabeth H.
Dec 26, 2009 Elizabeth H. rated it really liked it
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Yeah, so I'm still an epidemiologist and read the occasional work-related piece.

I believe this little book is the written version of Richard Wilkinson's lecture, so don't expect a huge literature review or deep analyses. That said, in ~60 pages he presents a detailed overview of how lower status at work and/or community ostracization can wreak havoc on the human body, causing earlier morbidity and mortality. Where we are or how we are perceived in society affects our health in ways separable fr
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Benjamin Plaggenborg
Pretty dense with no citations (but for the occasional nod to researchers) and a short reference list. I borrowed Wilkinson's The Spirit Level, too, which looks more promising, although it does contain a disconcerting number of comics.
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Richard G. Wilkinson (Richard Gerald Wilkinson; born 1943) is a British researcher in social inequalities in health and the social determinants of health. He is Professor Emeritus of social epidemiology at the University of Nottingham, having retired in 2008. He is also Honorary Professor at University College London.

He is best known for his 2009 book (with Kate Pickett) The Spirit Level, in which
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