What are the difference and inequality on the street?
The difference can be defined as the way in which people or objects are dissimilar from each other. All human beings are different from each other, and we have wide and varying differences. In context to defining this regarding Social science, we are looking at this relating to groups based on gender, age, social class, race, sexuality.
Inequality can be defined as, not having equal access to resources in society, that leads to feelings of exclusion from society. Be that social resources, monetary, education, employment.
One example of differences on the street is Ethnicity. There is a vast range of businesses selling items and foods from all over the world, with many cafes, takeaways and restaurants. Many different nationalities run these businesses along with a variety of ethnicities as consumers. This is discussed between Lloyd Robson and Peter Finch in ‘The life and times of the street: part 1’
One example of inequality on the street relates to John Arthur, a homeless man, who was taken into care as a child, unemployed, experienced mental illness and has been in and out of prison. His experiences created an unequal opportunity to have access to resources that others may have ease of access to. ‘Economic inequality is a key constraint on the choices people can make in making and remaking their lives.’