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Useful reading

Lynne Friedli's WHO Report on Mental Health, Resilience and Inequalities is a useful and very informative drawing-together of the evidence for the socio-psychological damage done by material inequality.

Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett's book The Spirit Level continues to make an impact. It was featured in The Guardian in March '09 (see also Paul Moloney's review here). The Equality Trust, founded on the book, has a website that is well worth a visit.

The Marmot review of health inequalities in England was published on 11.2.10. Yet again the relation between relative poverty and ill health is spelt out unequivocally. The key messages of the review were:-

 
     
         
             

1 Reducing health inequalities is a matter
of fairness and social justice. In England,
the many people who are currently dying
prematurely each year as a result of health inequalities would otherwise have enjoyed, in total, between 1.3 and 2.5 million extra years of life.

2 There is a social gradient in health – the
lower a person’s social position, the worse
his or her health. Action should focus on
reducing the gradient in health.

3 Health inequalities result from social
inequalities. Action on health inequalities
requires action across all the social determinants of health.

4 Focusing solely on the most disadvantaged will not reduce health inequalities sufficiently. To reduce the steepness of the social gradient in health, actions must be universal, but with a scale and intensity that is proportionate to the level of disadvantage. We call this proportionate universalism.

5 Action taken to reduce health inequalities will benefit society in many ways. It will have economic benefits in reducing losses from illness associated with health inequalities. These currently account for productivity losses, reduced tax revenue, higher welfare payments and increased treatment costs.

  6 Economic growth is not the most important
measure of our country’s success. The
fair distribution of health, well-being and
sustainability are important social goals.
Tackling social inequalities in health and
tackling climate change must go together.

7 Reducing health inequalities will require
action on six policy objectives:

— Give every child the best start in life
— Enable all children young people and
adults to maximise their capabilities
and have control over their lives
— Create fair employment and good work
for all
— Ensure healthy standard of living for all
— Create and develop healthy and sustainable
places and communities
— Strengthen the role and impact of ill
health prevention

8 Delivering these policy objectives will
require action by central and local government,
the NHS, the third and private
sectors and community groups. National
policies will not work without effective local
delivery systems focused on health equity
in all policies.

9 Effective local delivery requires effective
participatory decision-making at local
level. This can only happen by empowering
individuals and local communities.
 
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Keep abreast of the excellent work and subsequent reports of the Marmot Review group at the Fair Society, Healthy Lives website

Click here for a cautionary tale of the extent to which Business Philistinism has penetrated higher education. Similar articles can be accessed here and here.

An excellent article in the Guardian by Stuart Hall may help free your mind from the poisonous neoconservative claptrap that seems otherwise so inescapable these days.

Gerry Mooney and Lynn Hancock give a useful analysis of the way poverty is represented by politicians and the media in their article Poverty Porn and the Broken Society.

More Guardian articles
Forget Mars and Venus – there is no great sex difference | Ally Fogg
http://gu.com/p/32peh
Let there be justice for those who have died in police custody | Nina Power
http://gu.com/p/33xk2
I blame the media for ignoring feminism in favour of makeup | Tanya Gold
http://gu.com/p/33xv6
Occupy London is a nursery for the mind | Madeleine Bunting
http://gu.com/p/3324f
The curse of the Halloween baby: women avoid giving birth on 'evil day'
http://gu.com/p/332kn
Met police using surveillance system to monitor mobile phones
http://gu.com/p/3327k
Governments turn to hacking techniques for surveillance of citizens
http://gu.com/p/33357
Women's equality: clock is turning back as cuts bite, says Fawcett Society
http://gu.com/p/335fh
What eight years of writing the Bad Science column have taught me | Ben Goldacre
http://gu.com/p/336bv
Police send warning letters to activists ahead of student protests
http://gu.com/p/33862
The 1% are the very best destroyers of wealth the world has ever seen | George Monbiot
http://gu.com/p/337tn
Occupy and anarchism's gift of democracy | David Graeber
http://gu.com/p/33cmm
Occupy Wall Street: you can't evict an idea whose time has come | JM Smucker, Rebecca Manski, Karanja Gaçuça, Linnea M Palmer Paton, Kanene Holder, William Jesse
http://gu.com/p/33ckd
Youth unemployment: aspirational talk? All the young hear is a sick joke | John Harris
http://gu.com/p/33f68
Mocking International Men's Day only proves it's needed | Ally Fogg

http://gu.com/p/33fcz
It's not just our leaders who are in a crisis. Democracy itself is failing | Peter Beaumont
http://gu.com/p/33fyq
dd as it may seem, 2011 is proving to be a year of rebirth | Henry Porter
http://gu.com/p/33fmt
Activists must challenge revisionist narratives of protest| Michael Chessum
http://gu.com/p/33fcf
A historical precedent that might prove a bonus for Occupy Wall Street | Nicolaus Mills
http://gu.com/p/33fjp
Stop targeting this imaginary army of long-term sick | John Harris
http://gu.com/p/33gce

For corporate welfare queens and their crystal baths, there is no benefit cap | George Monbiot
http://gu.com/p/33gmm
Why I will be a striking teacher on 30 November | Caroline Ryder
http://gu.com/p/33g7f
We can't afford the costs of bosses' crazy unearned pay | Deborah Hargreaves
http://gu.com/p/33ghz
Occupy has the power to effect change | Peter Hallward
http://gu.com/p/33gt2
Why one in four women is on psych meds | Victoria Bekiempis
http://gu.com/p/33gy8
UK incomes fall 3.5% in real terms, ONS reveals

http://gu.com/p/33hz2
It is time to mind the gap (again)
http://gu.com/p/33th4

Frank Miller and the rise of cryptofascist Hollywood
http://gu.com/p/33t77
The culture of masculinity costs all too much to ignore | Cynthia Cockburn and Ann Oakley
http://gu.com/p/33j5a
The shocking truth about the crackdown on Occupy | Naomi Wolf
http://gu.com/p/33thv
Wednesday's strike is just the start | Len McCluskey
http://gu.com/p/33kbk
Five reasons public service workers are right to strike | Seumas Milne
http://gu.com/p/33yva
'My tram experience' is shocking – but should it be cause for arrest? | Sunny Hundal
http://gu.com/p/33ycf
George Osborne's every blow falls on those with less not more | Polly Toynbee
http://gu.com/p/33m54
Anders Breivik's hatred does not come from a delusional mind | Aslak Sira Myhre
http://gu.com/p/33mfk
This strike could start to turn the tide of a generation | Seumas Milne
http://gu.com/p/33n2h
If the summer rioters really were all criminals, why don't they rampage more often – and why did they stop? | Suzanne Moore
http://gu.com/p/33mqd
Moral panic? No. We are resisting the pornification of women | Gail Dines and Julia Long
http://gu.com/p/33nhx
Can we take happy Britons at face value? | Richard Wilkinson
http://gu.com/p/33nz9
Social networking can lighten the darkness of depression | Emily Band
http://gu.com/p/33mn4
What George Osborne is cutting is hope | Mary O'Hara
http://gu.com/p/33zxy
The demonisation of the disabled is a chilling sign of the times | Ian Birrell
http://gu.com/p/33zn6
Indifferent elites, poverty and police brutality – all reasons to riot in the UK | Gary Younge
http://gu.com/p/33p45
Britain's press are fighting a class war, defending the elite they belong to | George Monbiot
http://gu.com/p/343jv
Britain is ruled by the banks, for the banks
http://gu.com/p/343hy
Obesity is about poverty and cheap food, not a lack of moral fibre | Zoe Williams
http://gu.com/p/34525
The scale of the challenge is shocking us into action | John Harris
http://gu.com/p/34akt
NHS cuts have affected patient care say four out of five doctors
http://gu.com/p/34bgj

The new wave of US voter suppression | Amy Goodman
http://gu.com/p/34bq5
Disabled people listened to on welfare plans? It's a goverernment sham | Sue Marsh
http://gu.com/p/34gpd
Of course children are unhappy. They live here too | Tanya Gold
http://gu.com/p/34kfp
Academic publishers have become the enemies of science | Dr Mike Taylor
http://gu.com/p/34yjn
'Welfare reform has us terrified' – families facing the worst speak out | Polly Toynbee
http://gu.com/p/34m9y
Bash the poor and wave the flag – how this Tory trick works | Jonathan Freedland
http://gu.com/p/354a2
The cynical world of America's private prisons | Sadhbh Walshe
http://gu.com/p/359xd
An Occupy protester's story: 'an idea can not be evicted'
http://gu.com/p/35dnj
The new anti-science assault on US schools | Katherine Stewart
http://gu.com/p/35dgc
The re-energised US left has much to teach its dismal European counterparts | Adam Price
http://gu.com/p/35e97
Childhood abuse may stunt growth of part of brain involved in emotions
http://gu.com/p/35eff
Crony capitalism feeds the corporate plan for schools | Seumas Milne
http://gu.com/p/35fbm
Work for free and 'be of benefit' to a multinational like Tesco | John Harris
http://gu.com/p/35gh7
The myth of 'race' was invented by racism, and racism keeps it growing | Deborah Orr
http://gu.com/p/35gka
Why the super-rich love the UK
http://gu.com/p/35j7p
What are Universities for?
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/feb/24/threat-to-our-univerisities?newsfeed=true
Who is making the money as private firms move in on the public sector?
http://gu.com/p/35me7
The schools crusade that links Michael Gove to Rupert Murdoch
http://gu.com/p/35mym
Upper class people are more likely to behave selfishly, studies suggest
http://gu.com/p/35nby
Britain is being rebuilt in aid of corporate power | George Monbiot
http://gu.com/p/35ngx
At the Royal College of Physicians, we believe the NHS bill is beyond repair | David Nicholl
http://gu.com/p/35ncj
NHS bill: goodbye comprehensive healthcare, hello private insurance | Colin Leys
http://gu.com/p/35njt
From Google downwards, our digital masters must be watched | Jonathan Freedland
http://gu.com/p/35qmy
Is the food revolution just a great big fat lie?
http://gu.com/p/35pce
Neuroscience and philosophy must work together | Barry Smith
http://gu.com/p/36v6y
One Jesus for liberals, another for conservatives | Johnjoe McFadden
http://gu.com/p/36v9x
How Ayn Rand became the new right's version of Marx | George Monbiot
http://gu.com/p/36xxq
No, we are not selfish – co-operation is at the heart of our existence | Charles Leadbeater
http://gu.com/p/36xg7
The dirty war on WikiLeaks | John Pilger
http://gu.com/p/36473
One law for the rich, no law for the poor | Nick Cohen

http://gu.com/p/364je
Britain's shadow government: unelected, unbalanced and unaccountable | George Monbiot
http://gu.com/p/365ff
Just a phase? No, the student protests over fees are worthy of respect | Stefan Collini
http://gu.com/p/36746
Bad science should not be used to justify NHS shakeup | Allyson Pollock
http://gu.com/p/367zq
Britain's tax rules – now written for and by multinationals | Felicity Lawrence
http://gu.com/p/36a78
It's full-steam ahead for George Osborne's inequality drive | Polly Toynbee
http://gu.com/p/36a9q
This pampered private school elite can only lead to US decline | Naomi Wolf
http://gu.com/p/36cda
Trayvon Martin: the criminalisation of black children must end | Ava Vidal
http://gu.com/p/36h85
Jesse Jackson: We must look to Rosa Parks to ensure there are no more tragedies like Trayvon Martin
http://gu.com/p/36hfp
This tax giveaway to multinationals must be stopped | Caroline Lucas
http://gu.com/p/36qmh
Jean-Luc Mélenchon's policies are no far-left fantasy | Philippe Marlière
http://gu.com/p/36q5f
Economics has failed us: but where are the fresh voices?
http://gu.com/p/36qqm
The real threat to the open web lies with the opaque elite who run it | Emily Bell
http://gu.com/p/37vx7
It's not just torture victims who should fear the 'justice and security' green paper | Clare Algar
http://gu.com/p/37xcv
The inconvenient truth the Pentagon would prefer we didn't see | Ross Caputi
http://gu.com/p/37xgy
Breivik's ideology is all too familiar: that's our big problem | Suzanne Moore
http://gu.com/p/37xf5
The TSA's mission creep is making the US a police state | Jennifer Abel
http://gu.com/p/37x7t
Can we talk about your anger at the banks? | Joris Luyendijk
http://gu.com/p/37x7k
Deny the British empire's crimes? No, we ignore them | George Monbiot
http://gu.com/p/374bx
The day James and Rebekah revealed the arrogant Murdoch way of business | Simon Kelner
http://gu.com/p/375xf
How the National Security Agency has gone rogue | Amy Goodman
http://gu.com/p/376jk
May Day is not about maypoles: the history of international workers' day | Richard Seymour
http://gu.com/p/378qk
Stephen King: I'm rich, tax me
http://gu.com/p/3793e
Why I'm leading the march of Italy's 'recession widows' | Tiziana Marrone
http://gu.com/p/37a4g
It's a scandal that big hospital contracts are being awarded in private | Allyson Pollock
http://gu.com/p/37bhc
A web of privilege supports this so-called meritocracy | Gary Younge
http://gu.com/p/37cyf
Cameron's 'big society' undermined by cuts and distrust, says study
http://gu.com/p/37cyp
European elections: if the left doesn't lead revolt against austerity, others will | Seumas Milne
http://gu.com/p/37exc

Tory toffs must woo well-connected upstarts like Coulson and Brooks | Peter Wilby
http://gu.com/p/37gyy

So now we know whose fault the recession is. Ours | Zoe Williams
http://gu.com/p/37jdz
The Second Sexism is just victim-envy | Suzanne Moore
http://gu.com/p/37jkhChildren with special needs deserve better than a rush to reform | John Harris
http://gu.com/p/37ymk

Nato talks security and peace, Chicago has neither | Gary Younge
http://gu.com/p/37yzf
Legal aid cuts: if barristers don't defend justice for all, who will? | Michael Mansfield http://gu.com/p/37n8g
What's the point of social mobility? It still leaves some in the gutter | Zoe Williams http://gu.com/p/37z4z
Are Vince Cable and Barack Obama socialists? If only | Richard Seymour
http://gu.com/p/37zj9
Tony Blair's moral decline and fall is now complete | Nick Cohen
http://gu.com/p/37q46
David Harvey: 'The financial crisis is an urban crisis'
http://gu.com/p/37pmz
Alcoholics Anonymous saved my life, but not by curing a 'disease' | Damian Thompson
http://gu.com/p/38vmx
America's corporate immigrant detention racket | Sadhbh Walshe
http://gu.com/p/38xtn
How Christian fundamentalists plan to teach genocide to schoolchildren | Katherine Stewart
http://gu.com/p/38x5x
The Tory cuts that slowly hack away at disabled people's lives | Jess Thom
http://gu.com/p/37hez
This body-image death spiral ends at universal self-hatred | Zoe Williams
http://gu.com/p/38xyc
I have had enough of irony | Suzanne Moore
http://gu.com/p/38xp4
Social mobility: the perils of the up escalator | Lynsey Hanley
http://gu.com/p/3839v
Guns don't kill people, video game players do | Martin Robbins
http://gu.com/p/385qz
Computer files link TV dirty tricks to favourite for Mexico presidency
http://gu.com/p/386m6
I'm from a problem family, Eric Pickles, and lack faith in your finger-pointing | Bernard Hare
http://gu.com/p/389xc
Fixating on risky gum health is just a way to shred the NHS | Zoe Williams
http://gu.com/p/38aa8
Letting go of our children should be a luxury that we can all afford | Suzanne Moore |
http://gu.com/p/38abz
Happiness is a glass half empty | Oliver Burkeman
http://gu.com/p/389dy

'Online snooping' scheme expected to cost at least £1.8bn
http://gu.com/p/38azt
Executive coach: 'Finance is an amoral world, bordering on the immoral' | Joris Luyendijk
http://gu.com/p/38cxa

Anders Breivik and the trouble with defining sanity | Peter Beaumont
http://gu.com/p/38cn3
Arms and oil bosses refuse to attend corporate responsibility inquiry
http://gu.com/p/38ce9
Milking austerity | Eliane Glaser
http://gu.com/p/38e6q
Michael Sandel: 'There are fewer and fewer things that money can't buy'
http://gu.com/p/38727
Jobcentre bosses warn of suicide risk among benefit claimants
http://gu.com/p/38een
We really do not need lessons from public school heads | Catherine Bennett
http://gu.com/p/38gnk
Cameron's attack on the 'feckless poor' has a very long history | Jeremy Seabrook
http://gu.com/p/38hmf
What this 'racism is hardwired' story says about the Daily Mail | Richard Seymour
http://gu.com/p/38j2n


Articles from the New York Review of Books
The Illusions of Psychiatry
The Epidemic of Mental Illness
'The Illusions of Psychiatry': An Exchange

Reviews

Paul Moloney reviews Ian Parker's
Revolution in Psychology: from alienation to emancipation
David Smail reviews William Epstein's Psychotherapy as Religion
David Smail reviews Against and For CBT in Times Higher Education
Paul Moloney reviews The Spirit Level


Resources


Having introduced it at our 2008 conference, we will maintain and from time to time update a resource list. Contributions and suggestions are welcome.
           
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