TMA1 Part 1 Define two concepts, difference and inequality in your own words, and provide an example of each on City Road
Difference relates to the contrasts between groups of people, whether that is by their age, ethnicity, gender, class or sexual orientation.
An example on City Road might be that elderly gentlemen frequent the Municipal Club, predominantly elderly women frequent the Taste Buds Cafe and typically, younger people are using the Pool Hall.
In years gone by the Mackintosh Centre was a family home for two wealthy landowners whereas now it is a Sports Club. Because the building is large and imposing it is felt to be too exclusive and expensive, leaving certain groups of people feeling that this is a place where they don’t belong. The reality is that is not expensive and very inclusive as it states clearly on the video, The life and times of the street Part 1. The Open University (2014)(a). Thus certain groups of people are essentially isolating themselves, thus creating a difference in the types of people using this community facility.
Inequality is measured by looking the uneven distribution of social resources, such as money and education. The food bank shows that there is an unequal distribution of wealth as some people have so little, whether it is due to illness, injury, unemployment or debt that they have to exchange social services vouchers for groceries that are selected for them, causing embarrassment and depression as highlighted in the video ‘The life and times of the street Part 1. The Open University (2014)(b). This is in contrast to the types of people who might shop in Tesco who have the ability and resources to choose the food that they want for themselves.
The Open University (2014a) The life and times of the street : Part 1. DD102 Introducing the social sciences. Available at https://learn2.open.ac.uk/mod/oucontent/view.php?id=443760§ion=2 (Accessed 16th October 2014)
The Open University (2014b)...