One of the (many) consequences of economic inequality in societies: mistrust. Elliot explains it here, focusing on US and Britain as examples of the growing economic inequalities at present.
Larry Elliot: ‘To trust each other again, we need to become more equal’ (The Guardian, 25th October 2018)
Have you ever wondered why we should try to reduce wealth inequalities in societies? Here I leave you with a very thought provoking talk by Richard G. Wilkinson, emeritus Professor of social epidemiology at the University of Nottingham, where he shows us some of the consequences that economic inequalities have in societies:
How economic inequality harms societies
By using data from the United Nations and UNICEF, he arguments that the well-being of our societies does not depend on national income and economic growth (unless we live in a poor country), but on the differences that exist between us within societies. The most important question he raises is, for me, what happens if we widen the differences or compress them? What if we make the income differences bigger or smaller? The answer, as you have heard, is that the more unequal a country is, the worse it is doing on social problems that make a society healthier, such as life expectancy, infant mortality, mental illness or the levels of trust.
If you have enjoyed watching Wilkinson’s talk, you may also read two of his most influential books: The impact of inequality and The spirit level (written together with Kate Picket), which very well summarize Wilkinson’s research on (in)equality over the last decades.
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Wolfgang Teubert, Emeritus Professor in the English Language and Applied Linguistics department at the University of Birmingham, has kindly sent us part of his reflections on economic (in)equality in society. In the text (click the link below), he discusses on notions such as democracy, order, authority and, of course, discourse. I hope you enjoy the reading, which I am sure it will make you react with your own thoughts. Comments are welcome for discussion, so please, do share with colleagues and leave your ideas here!
Teubert, W. Would equality really work? Do human crowds act intelligently?
Today, 19th February, Eva Gomez-Jimenez will be presenting DINEQ and some of its results at the University of Nottingham, in the Stylistics and Discourse Analysis Reading Group. She will particularly explain how maternity leave regulations may drive towards greater economic (and gender) inequality, and show how these have been reported by the Times and Daily Mail since 1970s.
Where: A35, Trent Building – University of Nottingham
What time: 4.30.
One of the arguments surrounding wealth inequality and the possibility to develop policies aimed at solve this problem is that an equal society is a dangerous idea. The following article, published in July 2017 by The Internationalist, explores some of the benefits that greater economic equality may have for societies.
Some of these, just to get warmed up, imply people being happier and healthier and societies enjoying less crime, more creativity and more productivity, among many others. More importantly, it highlights that such benefits are based on real evidence on what happens to those societies that fight for higher economic equality, and that such equality is NOT the preserve of any political parties. If you want to know a bit more about the topic, just click on the link below. Don´t forget to share your comments!
The Internationalist – The equality effect
When discussing with friends and colleagues about different stuff, one of the ideas that somehow frequently come to our conversations is that US seems to have been creating a path we are, one way or another, trying to follow. Competitive universities is just one of the examples, but so it is Black Friday, the “American” dream or the idea that some social services are not economically sustainable. I am sure you can think of many more.
In December 2017, El País (Spanish national newspaper) posted an article on the map of inequality in the US, which I link here for you to read if you can read Spanish. If not, I am sorry about this, but simply felt I need to share this with you!
And here my question: do you think the US is a good example to follow, particularly relating economic policies? In what way do you think these may affect economic inequality, either positively or negatively?
Good read and thanks for sharing!