Tma 01

Drawing on what you have learned from the ‘Making Social Lives DVD’ and learning companion 1, outline how some benefit and others lose on a street that you know.

The aim of this assignment will be to contrast Calle de Alcala with City Road and explore how the issue of race and changes to the local economy have brought about inequality. Inertia to change, in many of the examples given, has exacerbated this effect, and is the primary theme of the topic.

Spanish national identity is ingrained in Calle de Alcala. It is quintessentially Spanish and is home of important public buildings and the worlds most famous bullring. Paradoxically, the street has a high non-native population and therefore presents an opportunity to assess inequality.

Alcala is in a period of transition. There have been large amounts of bankruptcies, with some traditional businesses becoming uncompetitive. In more recent years, larger companies have taken advantage of falling land values. The area is therefore deeply representative of the Spain, where inequality has risen exponentially due to the financial crisis.

When discussing disparities on Alcala, the issue of race is important. Like City Road, the area is home to a disproportionate number of immigrants. However, in Spain, immigration on a large scale is a recent phenomenon: the foreign born population increased from 4% in 2000 to 14% in 2009 . There is evidence that this nationalistic country has found it difficult to adapt.

City road’s appearance reflects its multicultural community. Successful businesses such as Xquisite Africa and The Taste Buds Café show that the city has been ‘made and constantly remade by migrants’ . This is not the case with Alcala. Local businesses are inherently Spanish, with non-native owners finding it difficult to compete.

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