Tma 01

In your own words, define difference and inequality, and provide an example of each on City Road.
Word limit: 250 words.

Difference is a way in which people or things are dissimilar. When speaking about people, this can be with regards to gender, age, class, mobility and race. It can also be cultural, social, and behavioral; or to do with certain life choices that people have made e.g. procreating. An obvious example of difference that can be seen on City Road is age. There are young students as well as older men and women. Blakeley and Staples (2014, p. 25)

Inequality can be defined as a difference in the distribution of resources or an unfair situation. Social inequality can include but is not limited to: unequal opportunities, access to and rewards for education, employment, money, social positions or status within a society or between societies. Occasionally the effect of social inequality is caused by a social difference. An excellent example of a difference having the effect of an inequality is that of a woman who has chosen to have a child. A mother with a baby or toddler in a pushchair may find it difficult to manoeuvre along a cobbled street or up and down stairs in and out of shops. An example of inequality seen on City Road would be the homeless gentleman, John Arthur. He experiences economic inequality; his lack of money means that he must visit the food bank in order to obtain the sustenance he requires. He has no choice in the food he’s given whereas others may select favoured products from the farmers’ market or have lunch at the Taste Buds Café. Blakeley and Staples (2014, p. 26)

Word count: 250 words.

Blakeley, G. and Staples, M. (2014) ‘The life and times of the street’, in Blakeley, G. and Allen, J. (eds) Understanding Social Lives, Part 1, Milton Keynes, The Open University.