Differences and Inequalities

Differences and Inequalities
One could be forgiven for assuming that difference and inequality are two similar concepts, until examining their underlying meaning.
Differences can be related to people, environment, situations, to name a few, we can see differences when as Allen (2014 page 20) states, City Road is different during the day to the night, when people are engaging in different activities, giving them different views on City Road.   An example of this is Mark Hocking, a mechanic, who has had to reinvent his business to survive in changing times, and how different situations lead people to make decisions in order to survive.   People can feel different when they have a different job, background, or age and can then look at things differently.
Inequality can be related to people, but caused by economic, education, gender and social aspects.   Situations and perceptions can cause people to feel inequal to others.   A good example of this is The Mackintosh Centre in City Road, originally home to a wealthy family, then converted into a sports centre, the imposing look of the building, made people feel they shouldn't enter.   Also, John Arthur, the homeless man experienced economic inequality, as did the people using the food banks provided.   However as Allen (2014 page 27) states, perceptions play an important role in producing differences and inequalities.
In todays society there will always be differences and inequalities, but if people are encouraged to understand different lives, disabilities, economic factors and gender differences to name a few, then hopefully the world will evolve, become more accepting, therefore creating less of these factors in the future.
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'The life and times of the street Parts 1 and 2 (2014), DD102 Understanding Social Lives Part 1, The Open University, Milton Keynes.
Allen, J (2014) 'The life and times of the street' in Allen, J and Blakeley, G (Eds) (2014) Understanding Social Lives Part 1, Milton...