In Your Own Words, Define Difference and Inequality, and Provide an Example of Each on City Road

In your own words, define difference and inequality, and provide an example of each on City Road

From my understanding the definition of difference within the social sciences are the things that separate people such as race, gender, sexual orientation, class, age etc however it can also refer to to physical, preferences, attitudes, and behavioural. Whereas the definition of inequality is the negative impact upon people, where by the social resources such as money, education etc have not been accessible to everyone equally. Inequality can often be caused by differences, such as age as stated by Allen and Blakely (2014, p.25) where the differences in age can affect accessibility to some places negatively.

An example of difference on City Road could be Xquisite Africa that is meant to appeal to different ethnic groups, or another example could be Islamic Relief a charity shop that could attract different classes of people for different reasons. As you'd could have middle class people donating clothes to the charity shop, and lower class people having to use the charity shop as a way of affording 'new' items.

On City Road there are various people who experience economic inequality who can be seen to using the foodbank, which is in direct contrast to the people who use the cafés regularly.   This is due to the fact that they are unable to make choices in the food they are given, as they have to use the food bank out of necessity rather than choice unlike those choosing to use a supermarket. Economic equality is a much wider problem than just impacting how people are unable to choose there food but also means that they do not have as much impact on making and remaking society (Allen and Blakely, 2014, p.26).

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J. Allen and G. Blakely (2014) 'The life and times of the street', Understanding Social Lives Part 1 [book], Wakefield, Charlesworth Press...