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27 June 2011

Conference Centre, British Library, Euston Road, London from 18.30–20.00
An event to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the British Sociological Association 

Comparing life expectancy, mental health, levels of violence, teenage birth rates, drug abuse, child wellbeing, obesity rates, levels of trust, the educational performance of school children, or the strength of community life among rich countries, it is clear that societies which tend to do well on one of these measures tend to do well on all of them, and the ones which do badly, do badly on all of them. What accounts for the difference?  

The key is the amount of inequality in each society. The more unequal a society is, the more ill health and social problems it has. Compelling new evidence which highlights the benefits of more equal societies was published in 2009 in the best-selling book The Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett. 

To promote public discussion and understanding of the issues, the British Sociological Association, working in partnership with the British Library, invites you to attend an evening with Richard Wilkinson, the co-author of The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone. Richard is co-director of The Equality Trust, which aims to gain public and political understanding of the consequences of widespread inequality and he will explore some of the ideas and themes covered in the book.  

Please join us for what promises to be a thought-provoking and inspiring event, as well as the opportunity to meet one of the authors of this groundbreaking book.  

Register now at:  Book early to avoid disappointment!

Price:  £7.50/£5.00 concessions.


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When I go to work’

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UEL Centre for Cultural Studies Research presents: The Politics of Pain
8 December 2010, 15:00 to 17:00

Pain has become one of the central discourses of the coalition government as it embarks on its cuts programme. The cuts are inevitable, we are told, and the pain must be shared in the interests of fairness. But is the pain necessary, should it be shared, is it really being shared, how will the pain affect the social fabric, and what are the psychosocial consequences of the crisis? This is the second seminar in the Centre for Cultural Studies Research’s three-part “Debt, Pain, Work” series that interrogates the discourses and policies of the coalition government.


Kate Pickett, Professor of Epidemiology at the University of York, co-author of The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better

Mike Rustin, Professor of Sociology in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at UEL and author of The Good Society and the Inner World

Jeremy Gilbert, Reader in Cultural Studies in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at UEL and author of Anti-Capitalism and Culture: Radical Theory and Popular Politics

For more Information and for a full audio recording of the last seminar in this series see:

UEL Docklands Campus
Transport: Cyprus DLR station is located right next to the campus (just follow signs out of the station)

Room  EB.G.14: (Ground Floor, East Building, which is to the left on entering the main square from Cyprus station)

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