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Is Britain an unequal society?

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´╗┐Lois Simpson Applied Sociological Perspectives for Health and Social Care Level 3 Kay Atkinson Is Britain an unequal society? In this essay I will be looking at reasons into why I think Britain is an unequal society. Firstly I will look at 4 concepts and give examples of these. The four concepts I will be looking at are Prejudices, Stereotyping, Marginalisation and Social exclusion. Prejudices ? this term refers to people who have a fixed set of attitudes about a particular group of people in society that people are normally unwilling, unable or often uninterested in changing. An example of a prejudice act would be if someone is walking in a secluded area at night, and a group of senior citizens who are walking with walking sticks, come from the opposite side of the road, the person will not feel threatened. However, if instead of senior citizens, three teenagers dressed in jeans and t-shirts with lots of metal chains around their neck are approaching from the other side, then the person might feel threatened a bit, even without any kind of provocation from their end. ...read more.

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I will now go onto look at life chances in society and why life chances are unequal. A life chance is the chances that sections of society have of achieving the things that are valued by their society for example money, health, relationships and education. You are able to measure the inequality of life chances by calculating and comparing the life chances of different individuals. Some people would say that life chances are unequal as some people face discrimination, prejudice and stereotyping when trying to gain the life chances such as employment, housing and health. For example if someone from a poor area of London went for a job interview they may not be given an equal chance as someone who is from a stable family life with a work history, which would show why some people feel that Britain is an unequal society. However some other may argue that Britain is not an unequal society because it offers free health care to everyone through the NHS, free education and with hard work everyone is able to ...read more.

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She had to move out of her house with her ex partner and find somewhere she was able to afford for her and her baby to move into. She has housing benefit from the government which means that they pay a fixed weekly amount into her bank account in order for her to be able to afford rent on a flat or house. She applied for a flat that she had seen and the landlord personally rung her up to tell her he did not accept DSS, that she was un suitable and in an unreliable category because of her age and circumstance and that she should go looked for a property elsewhere. My friend was mostly angry because the landlord had judged her on her situation before he had even got to know her. From my personal experiences I think that Britain needs to accept people into society as equals and that they should remain that way until they give people a reason to treat them any differently. ...read more.

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