Drawing on What You Have Learned from the 'Making Social Lives' Dvd and Learning Companion 1, Describe Some Inequalities on City Road.

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Drawing on what you have learned from the Making Social Lives DVD and Learning Companion 1, describe some inequalities on City Road

Social science is defined as 'The scientific study of human society and social relationships' (Oxford Dictionaries, 2011). You do not have to travel far to research this statement; walk down a main street and there is an abundance of evidence which meets the criteria of the above definition. City Road in Cardiff is a worthy place to study social aspects and individual relationships in and to society. What we learn about City Road can be applied not only to the street, but also to other structures and issues within a modern society (The Street, 2009, Scene 1)

Inequality is a part of modern Britain and some of these concerns are highlighted on City Road. The road itself offers a visible inequality. Cars and pedestrians seem to be locked in a harmonious battle for their needs. Both parties are controlled via infrastructure i.e. controlled crossings. The crossings help pedestrians on their journey, but have a conflicting effect on motorists e.g. accumulating traffic. The use of bollards to ''stop motorists driving onto...parking on the pavement'' (Rodney Berman, Material Lives, 2009, Scene 1), highlights a previous inequality that faced pedestrians such as wheelchair users and parents with pushchairs i.e. difficulty with access. However, lack of parking space along the road not only affects motorist's access to shops and amenities, but this in turn has an impact on local businesses i.e. an absence of parking means fewer customers.

City Road is home to mostly food establishments e.g. restaurants, fast food outlets etc. With the competition so high, there is a possibility that small businesses could close down on a regular basis and then turned into a new restaurant or takeaway.
It can be argued, that one of the reasons that there are so many food establishments on City Road, is that their main customer base are younger...