Why Social Inequality persists


Here you find resources to complement the paper copy of the book Injustice: Why social inequality persists by Danny Dorling. Published in paperback on April 5th 2011 with a new Forward by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, authors of the Spirit Level, and a new afterword by the author. In 2015 a completely revised and updated version was published as Injustice: Why social inequality still persists. The website of that book is here:

The Data section provides the tables and figures of each of the chapters of the book. The Excel files include all data tables that were used to create the figures. There is also the full bibliography available in pdf format, and a reading sample. In the Extras section you find multimedia material and further resources from Danny's research which are linked to the topic of this book, such as talks, lectures and further publications.


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"A brilliant analysis of the nature of inequality in the UK. It is a 'must read' for anyone who wants to understand inequality and how we might tackle it."

Matthew Taylor
Chief Executive, RSA

Few would dispute that we live in an unequal and unjust world, but what causes this inequality to persist? Leading social commentator and academic Danny Dorling claims in this timely book that, as the five social evils identified by Beveridge are gradually being eradicated, they are being replaced by five new tenets of injustice, viz:

  1. elitism is efficient;

  2. exclusion is necessary;

  3. prejudice is natural;

  4. greed is good; and

  5. despair is inevitable.

In an informal yet authoritative style, Dorling examines who is most harmed by these injustices and why, and what happens to those who most benefit. Hard-hitting and uncompromising in its call to action, this is essential reading for everyone concerned with social justice.

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