Dd102 Tma02

Drawing on what you have learnt from the DD102 module materials and your work on TMA01, outline some examples of inequality on City Road, Cardiff.   (750-word limit)

This essay examines three types of inequalities found on City Road, Cardiff.   ‘Inequality’ in this context refers to situations where a person or persons are disadvantaged, by comparison to another person or persons’, in relation to the availability of social resources such as money, access, activities, etc. (Blakeley and Staples, 2014).   The following examples look at inequality from the perspectives of a shop, a migrating family and a group of anarchists.

The first example, a shop called DealsWales, highlights economic inequality in relation to consumption, the things people buy, in three ways.   The owner Malcolm Tabbener, buys and sell electrical goods and his shop relies on the custom of people who are in financial difficulties (Staples, 2014).   Situations like injury, addiction or unemployment can result in a loss of earnings and reduced standard of living.   Less options are available under these circumstances and economic inequality becomes evident.  

Firstly, the shop offers to buy or pawn-broke personal belongings in exchange for cash which Malcolm is sometimes told is to buy food (Open University, 2016).   This instant form of cash income can be a financial lifeline for some people.   Secondly, the shop sells the pre-owned electrical goods.   This is a useful way for people in financial difficulty to consume the goods they desire but cannot afford new.   However, there will be less choice available in Malcolm’s shop than in stores so they are at a disadvantage.   (Staples, 2014).   Thirdly, the shop has expanded online and competes with other online sellers for business and as such, it’s possible that internet buyers could get better deals than in the shop (Staples, 2014).   This disadvantages those that cannot afford internet access by restricting their choices because of their financial...