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The Resource The broken ladder : how inequality affects the way we think, live, and die, Keith Payne

The broken ladder : how inequality affects the way we think, live, and die, Keith Payne

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The broken ladder : how inequality affects the way we think, live, and die
Title
The broken ladder
Title remainder
how inequality affects the way we think, live, and die
Statement of responsibility
Keith Payne
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
"A timely examination by a leading scientist of the physical, psychological, and moral effects of inequality Today's inequality is on a scale that none of us has seen in our lifetimes, yet this disparity between rich and poor has ramifications that extend far beyond mere financial means. In The Broken Ladder, psychologist Keith Payne examines how inequality divides us not just economically, but also has profound consequences for how we think, how our cardiovascular systems respond to stress, how our immune systems function, and how we view moral ideas such as justice and fairness. Experiments in psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics have not only revealed important new insights on how inequality changes people in predictable ways, but have also provided a corrective to our flawed way of viewing poverty as the result of individual character failings. Among modern developed societies, economic inequality is not primarily about money, but rather about relative status: where we stand in relation to other people. Regardless of their average income, countries or states with greater levels of income inequality have much higher rates of all the social problems we associate with poverty, including lower average life expectancies, serious health issues, mental illness, and crime. The Broken Ladder explores such issues as why women in poor societies often have more children, and have them younger; why there is little trust among the working class that investing for the future will pay off; why people's perception of their relative social status affects their political beliefs, and why growing inequality leads to greater political divisions; how poverty raises stress levels in the same way as a physical threat; inequality in the workplace and how it affects performance; why unequal societies become more religious; and finally offers measures people can take to lessen the harm done by inequality in their own lives and the lives of their children"--
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DLC
Dewey number
305
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HM821
LC item number
.P39 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
The broken ladder : how inequality affects the way we think, live, and die, Keith Payne
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Lunch lady economics: why feeling poor hurts like being poor -- Relatively easy: why we can't stop comparing ourselves to others -- Poor logic: inequality has a logic of its own -- The right, the left, and the ladder: how inequality divides our politics -- Long lives and tall tombstones: inequality is a matter of life and death -- God, conspiracies, and the language of the angels: why people believe what they need to believe -- Inequality in black and white: the dangerous dance of racial and economic inequality -- The corporate ladder: why fair pay signals fair play -- The art of living vertically: flatter ladders, comparing with care, and the things that matter most
Control code
ocn956480018
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 246 pages
Isbn
9780525429814
Lccn
2016056838
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)956480018
Label
The broken ladder : how inequality affects the way we think, live, and die, Keith Payne
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Lunch lady economics: why feeling poor hurts like being poor -- Relatively easy: why we can't stop comparing ourselves to others -- Poor logic: inequality has a logic of its own -- The right, the left, and the ladder: how inequality divides our politics -- Long lives and tall tombstones: inequality is a matter of life and death -- God, conspiracies, and the language of the angels: why people believe what they need to believe -- Inequality in black and white: the dangerous dance of racial and economic inequality -- The corporate ladder: why fair pay signals fair play -- The art of living vertically: flatter ladders, comparing with care, and the things that matter most
Control code
ocn956480018
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 246 pages
Isbn
9780525429814
Lccn
2016056838
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)956480018

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