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Village Book Club: "The Broken Ladder" by Keith Payne
Thursday, August 15, 2019, 2:00 PM until 3:30 PM
Politics and Prose on The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Lectures, Tours, Seminars
Please RSVP from the link above or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Venue is ADA compliant.
The levels of inequality in the world today are on a scale that have not been seen in our lifetimes, yet the 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; it also has profound consequences for how we think, how we respond to stress, how our immune systems function, and even how we view moral concepts such as justice and fairness.
Research in psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics has not only revealed important new insights into how inequality changes people in predictable ways but also provided a corrective to the flawed view of poverty as being the result of individual character failings.
Among modern developed societies, inequality is not primarily a matter of the actual amount of money people have. It is, rather, people's sense of where they stand in relation to others. Feeling poor matters—not just being poor.
Regardless of their average incomes, countries or states with greater levels of income inequality have much higher rates of all the social maladies we associate with poverty, including lower than average life expectancy, serious health problems, mental illness, and crime.