The psychological impact of inequality

A themed trawl of the archive…

Inequality in terms of wealth, health, gender, sexuality, race and education all have psychological impacts. We bring you our own articles on the topic, and our favourites from the web.

From The Psychologist and Research Digest

How do we 'other'?

Peter Hegarty from our current issue

Gender equality in academic science

Our journalist Ella Rhodes summarises a report identifying why women are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and maths.

Neoliberal austerity and unemployment

David Fryer and Rose Stambe examine the psychological impact of unemployment. Plus find much more on austerity in our archive.

‘We are not at a place of full acceptance or equality for trans people yet’

Robin Dundas on the marginalisation of trans individuals.

Lean in – but how?

Michelle K. Ryan and Teri A. Kirby on why ‘Lean In’, a strategy for women designed to increase workplace gender equality, is both an underrated and overrated phenomenon.

Inequality and the next generation

Gary Thomas explains how the gradient of difference can impact upon identity in the classroom.

In death we are all equal?

Ella Rhodes on LGBT-phobia among healthcare professionals.

Same-sex marriage and equality

Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger on psychology’s role in the introduction of equal marriage, from 2005 – 9 years before same-sex marriage became legal in the UK.

Reversing the social curse

Jolanda Jetten on the negative effects of disadvantage and discrimination.

Equality for sale?

Madeleine Pownall ponders the capitalisation of social change.

Women scientists in psychology – time for action

Fionnuala Murphy and colleagues

The rules of unruliness 

The classic studies suggest we live in an inherently unequal world, but Reicher has an alternative view

Our turbulent minds 

Peter Kinderman touches on the impact of inequalities in this public lecture

Class is written into our psychology

Poverty shapes how children think about themselves 


BPS and equality

BPS History of Psychology Centre. Sophie O’Reilly, BPS Assistant Archivist, on the BPS’s role in promoting equalities.

Why people prefer unequal societies

The Guardian. Christina Starmans, Mark Sheskin and Paul Bloom consider why people prefer unequal societies when asked about the ideal distribution of wealth.

The psychology of inequality

The New Yorker. Elizabeth Kolbert on how damaging it can be to feel poor (even when you’re not).

The psychological effects of inequality

The Guardian Science Weekly podcast. Richard Lea speaks to psychologists about the consequences of wealth inequality.

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