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Inequalities on City Road, observed by watching the OU DVD Making Social Lives and Learning Companion 1.

Social inequality refers to differences that people can experience within life. These include social, economic, racial, ,sexual, religious inequalities and many more.
Where do things become an inequality rather than a difference?   If two people go shopping and they both chose the same new handbag, one chooses a brown bag and one chooses a black bag that would be a difference and not an inequality, as they both had the opportunity to choose either of the colours.   An inequality would be that one of the shopper’s friends could not enter the same shop due to inaccessible steps or because of their race, ethnicity or gender. That would be an inequality as the person discriminated against   has not been given the same opportunity as the shopper.

“Although inequalities are often about people’s unequal access to economic resources, inequalities can also refer to other social resources such as time, mobility or access to places.” (Blakeley et al., 2012, p. 25)

Having watched The Street (2009) I have decided to highlight just a couple of inequalities that were seen in the DVD.
Looking at how a local shopkeeper has been affected by the introduction of the new Tesco superstore, just two blocks away. The newsagent/corner shop has been in business since 1930 and has been run by the same family since the 1940’s, so this shop has seen many changes on city road in that time, the demographic has changed, working practices and hours have changed to give just two examples. Also, highlighting the inequalities between the people that use city road during the day and those that use city road during the evening time.
City road has many examples of the changes it has experienced over the last 40 years, from the 1970’s which saw the vast amount of car showrooms on City Road to death junction which has seen the number of vehicles using it grow and grow. Not only has City Road...