Tma 1

TMA 01
Drawing on what you have learned from the Making Social Lives DVD and Learning Companion 1, describe some inequalities on City Road.
The word inequality can have many meanings but for the purpose of this essay, “inequality is known as the unequal distribution of valued resources within a society or between societies” (Blakeley et al, 2009, p24).   This essay will identify examples of inequalities in City Road and briefly examine why society may perceive them as an inequality using the definition above.
City Road is a busy main road in the city of Cardiff, and within the community there is a wide spectrum of people (age and gender), cultures, social and economic differences.
The first example that will be examined is the tennis club at the Mackintosh centre, John Cooksley, head coach says “People that I'm getting now actually aren’t around from this area they’re actually coming in from different places. Not a lot of people around here are too interested in the tennis club. It’s quite daunting this, this big place where it’s all gated off.   They want to play, they look in and they’re like oh that looks like a private club, it looks expensive, but it’s actually not so it’s, we needs to somehow break the boundaries.” (‘Making Social Lives on City Road ’2009, scene 7)   The local community may perceive tennis and the club as an elite sport/club because of it being ‘gated off’, as a gated area can be perceived as being exclusive or for wealthy people.   And that they are at a disadvantage of not being able to join, because of the expensive equipment or money to travel to the centre.   This example shows how inequalities can be about people’s unequal access to economic resources or to places (Blakeley et al, 2009, p25).   It is interesting that the head coach acknowledges that there appears to be disadvantages to some and that barriers need to be broken down and ways changed.

The shops in City Road have changed over time, what was once a thriving area for car...