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Drawing On What You Have Learned From The 'making Social Lives' Dvd And Learning Companion 1, Describe Some Inequalities On City Road

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Drawing on what you have learned from the Making Social Lives DVD and Learning Companion 1, describe some inequalities on City Road

Social science is defined as 'The scientific study of human society and social relationships' (Oxford Dictionaries, 2011). You do not have to travel far to research this statement; walk down a main street and there is an abundance of evidence which meets the criteria of the above definition. City Road in Cardiff is a worthy place to study social aspects and individual relationships in and to society. What we learn about City Road can be applied not only to the street, but also to other structures and issues within a modern society (The Street, 2009, ...view middle of the document...

Although there are amenities for people of all ages 'young people tend to be the main users at night' (Blakeley et al, 2009), which is when these particular businesses do most of their trade.

Cardiff Tertiary College is a prominent building on City Road and as well as nearby Cardiff University, it attracts many students to the area and this results in a fair percentage of student accommodation. The demand for student housing can lead to working people not fulfilling their needs to move house, or take a step onto the property ladder.

It is clear that a percentage of people who socially interact on City Road, are immigrants and this detail brings it's own equalities. Nof Al-Kelaby came from Iraq to the UK to study civil engineering. He states that despite sending out approximately 250 job applications, they were all rejected (Connected Lives, 2009, Scene 1). He then had to make the choice of following a different career path. Despite being in the UK for 25 years, owning several successful businesses and being part of the local community, Nof does not have a sense of belonging. This is largely due to his multiple identities. He says that he is viewed differently by Welsh people because of his colour, accent and ethnic background. He experiences similar discriminations when back in Iraq (Connected Lives, 2009, Scene 4). His achievements in Wales have inadvertently manufactured inequalities i.e. how he is perceived.

Perception plays a major role when it comes to the creation of inequalities. Operation Clean Sweep on City Road tackled inequalities such as litter, graffiti and vandalism. In turn, these problems affect how...

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