Injustice: Why social inequality persists Danny Dorling University of Sheffield The claim: the five social evils identified by Beveridge in 1942 are gradually being eradicated, they are being replaced by five new tenets of injustice - elitism, exclusion, prejudice, greed and despair. Social injustices are now being recreated, renewed and supported by these five new sets of unjust beliefs. We need to again begin to think differently. All Sasi presentations are now on our new website at http://sasi.group.shef.ac.uk/presentations/ Go to this website for multimedia versions and the original presentations.
a sixth of people in the more unequal rich countries are ‘debarred’: excluded from full membership of society because of poverty. A much smaller proportion exclude themselves from social norms by dint of their wealth.
Questioning these extremes is far from encouraged
Exclusion has become accepted as a new necessity, both the super-rich and widespread inequality have become acceptable
a fifth of adults in countries like Britain and the United States are now serial “debtors”. Rising inequalities in income and wealth have made it more likely that people get into debt in order to keep up with their peer group and avoid being judged ‘undeserving’, of living in the wrong place, or of just wearing the wrong clothes.
This prejudice is being painted as natural – as Darwinian.
a third of families in Britain now contain someone who suffers depression or chronic anxiety disorder. The result of living in more unequal affluent countries is to harm the mental well-being of people in general and especially adolescents, who now face such uncertain futures
Despair is becoming seen as inevitable, the symptoms require mass medication, but what of the causes…?
Inequality is expensive. In money, learning, respect, labour, housing and lives.
Among the world’s richest 25 countries: The most unequal are: 17.7 Singapore (-) 15.9 US (20) 15.0 Portugal (-) 13.8 UK (22) 13.4 Israel (-)
And the most equal are: 6.9 Germany (14) 6.2 Sweden (8) 6.1 Norway (8) 5.6 Finland (10) 4.5 Japan (-) 90: 10 income ratios (note 37 page 327 of ‘Injustice’ Why social inequality persists) ( in brackets UNDP 2009 % aged 16-65 lacking literacy)
Unequal Britain Credits Presentation by Danny Dorling and Benjamin Hennig Maps and animations by Benjamin Hennig
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