Annotated Bibliography 5

Wilkinson, Richard G, and Kate E. Pickett. “Income Inequality and Social Dysfunction.” Annual Review of Sociology, vol.35, no. 2009, 6 Apr. 2009, pp. 493-511., doi: 10.1146/annurev-soc-070308-115926. Accessed 9 Apr. 2017

The authors, Wilkinson and Pickett, aim to clearly demonstrate how income inequality causes, “mental illness, violence, imprisonment, lack of trust, teenage births, obesity, drug abuse, and poor educational performance in schoolchildren are all more common in more unequal societies”. The authors are demonstrating the effects of unequal societies in a broader sense and how it affect the vast majority of populations. As stated in their abstract before the text they aim to explain how, “these relationships are likely to reflect a sensitivity of health and social problems to the scale of social stratification and status competition, underpinned by societal differences in material inequality”.

This is a good source for my research because it helps, in a more broader sense, how income inequality can tie into the changing scene of the infamous “U st Corridor”. Along with my other sites and documents arguing about how a location is built, influenced, and the specific history about my location, this site takes a step back and talks abou the effects off an unequal society, and this is easily relatable to the site one sees today at, “ 14th and U st. NW”. While popular speakeasies, nightclubs, and restaurants all prosper, there is still a site of extreme poverty at the location and this resource can help explain how the increasing gap of inequality in the United States helps explain the physical sightings of the site today. Drug users are seen walking on the same streets as affluent individuals.

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