Drawing on what you have learned from the DD102 module materials and your work on TMA 01, outline some inequalities and differences on a street that you know.
Word limit: 750 words
In this essay I am going to give examples of differences and inequalities on Chelmsford High Street (CHS), also I will be drawing parallels between my examples and those outlined in the module materials. And (where relevant) I will relate them to other concepts learned in the module so far.
The obvious difference on CHS is that of the contrasting groups of people that use a range of different shops for varying reasons. In CHS there are a multitude of different shops; high end designer fashion shops, ...view middle of the document...
In the Communities On The Street film (Open University 2014) we see how a particular type of person tends to go to the farmers market, this practice is also obvious on CHS. A certain type of person pursuing a different lifestyle and image to that of a regular person may go to Waitrose’ rather than Aldi. They have the choice to buy different products of possible higher quality, which sometimes have a status associated with buying them.
The above examples also highlight how closely differences and inequalities are linked, you could argue that the differences I have talked about are all also inequalities as they all possess the same themes of unequal access to a certain resource (not that designer goods are essential resources or are important). “Inequalities are often about peoples unequal access to economic resources” (Blakeley and Staples, 2014, p. 26); at the root of these examples of difference is the reoccurring concept of unequal access to money.
I think that the most obvious inequality that I see on CHS would be that some people are homeless. The homeless people that I see often don’t have adequate clothing to keep them warm and are most probably hungry. In contrast the majority of society can not only afford to live in a house and keep warm and dry, but to go out and spend money on leisure and entertainment (fast food, alcohol, luxury designer clothing etc.). As a society we place a higher value on our own personal enjoyment and amusement than we do on a fellow member of society being safe. The inequality here is unequal access to wealth and most likely unequal access to welfare. This inequality is evident on city road in the example of John Arthur in Connecting Lives (The Open University, 2014). In the film he tells us that he sometimes has bottles thrown at his head and is abused, supporting John Clark’s argument in Connecting Lives (The Open University 2014) that perception plays an important part in inequality, as inequality can stem from others opinions and attitudes.
Another inequality evident on CHS is that of disabled people not having easy or any access to certain shops and restaurants. There are numerous restaurants and bars that...