Dd102 Tma02

Drawing on what you have learned from the DD102 module materials and your work on TMA01, outline some examples of inequality on City Road, Cardiff.

Amongst City Road are many examples of inequality in various sectors, such as those with a disability, finance and economics.
Inequality refers to the unequal distribution of valued social resources within a society or between societies (Blakely and Staples, 2014, p.13)

There is evidence to suggest that inequality relating to the disabled is prominent on City Road. An example of this is Steven Sweetman, a wheelchair user, describing his frustrations in completing simple tasks such as parking in a space where there is enough room to set up his wheelchair, to crossing the road or entering a shop.
In Steven’s case, inequality is present as he faces barriers that restrict his abilities such as raised kerbs forcing him to come up with alternative routes in order to run errands.
Had Steven not have been disabled, he would be able to do these tasks without the burden of his wheelchair. The feeling of being restricted and inability to proceed with ease defines the inequality of the disabled and the abled.

There are other cases within City Road where people are unequal not by choice, but by circumstances. This is apparent through Ryan Watkins, a man whom is unemployed and struggling to make ends meet as shown in Making Lives (The Open University, 2014a).
Ryan is facing financial and economic inequality, as a result of this he is unable to make decisions independently such as what food to eat. He is visiting a food bank that gives him a set food hamper, the contents of which he has no say in.
What links Ryan and Steven is that they are unequal by circumstances beyond their control, they didn’t choose to be in the situations they now find themselves in.

On City Road, there are examples where an individual’s experience with inequality is recognised by the wider public. An example of this is John Arthur, a...