Since the great recession hit in 2008, the 1% has only grown richer while the rest find life increasingly tough. The gap between the haves and the have-nots has turned into a chasm. While the rich have found new ways of protecting their wealth, everyone else has suffered the penalties of austerity.
But inequality is more than just economics. Being born outside the 1% has a dramatic impact on a person's potential: reducing life expectancy, limiting education and work prospects, and even affecting mental health.
What is to be done? In Inequality and the 1% leading social thinker Danny Dorling lays bare the extent and true cost of the division in our society and asks what have the superrich ever done for us. He shows that inquality is the greatest threat we face and why we must urgently redress the balance.
“An incredibly thoughtful book. With wit, expertise and a necessary anger, Danny Dorling makes the case for a ‘slow revolution’ against the concentrated wealth of the top 1%, who threaten our national and global well-being. Read him. Enjoy him. Join him.”
“A convincing picture of the epic insulation of the 1%.”
“A clear and readable account of the damage wrought by extreme inequality. This is a powerful book.”
“Dorling asks questions about inequality that fast become unswervable: can we afford the superrich? Can society prosper? Can we realize our potential?”
“Takes an empirical look at how lives of the richest damage the rest of society.”
“Dorling’s book is an exercise in vigilance against the undue impacts of the 1%, and in that respect, the 99% will likely find the empirical data revelatory, providing much-needed ammunition in the fight against concentrated wealth. The book’s focus on structural outcomes complements some of the more conceptually-driven work that relies heavily on social theory and political economy…The very richness of the empirical project and the accessibility of the writing and analysis seem to come at the expense of any pretence of conceptual insight or connection to previous academic work”