Unit 2 - Unequal spaces. Recognising inequalities. Inequality. Inequality between different groups of people can be measured and thought of in different ways It is about unevenness- the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’ Often we think about quality of life and standard of living
Inequality exists as the distribution of resources, wealth and opportunities is not evenly spread. In other words, how easy or difficult it is to get access to resources etc. Different groups will find it easier or harder to access certain resources .
‘The Richest Kids will play video games full of virtual violence whilst the poorest kids live in shanty-cities full of actual violence’
James Martin, The Meaning of the 21st Century
Should classifying inequality be done according to PEST factors, or to scale (personal, local, regional, national, global)?
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Absolute poverty Deprivation Disparity Affluence
Relative poverty Standard of living Quality of life
If 1% of the world’s money spent on weapons by 2005 was used for education every child of primary school age could have attended school
Many of the processes leading to inequality are interlinked
Inequality, social exclusion and polarisation (increasing differences between different parts of society) can be divisive and socially damaging
At the global scale there is much inequality with Mexico at the top of the league. Britain's inequality is well above the average for OECD nations, far greater than Sweden, Denmark, Holland, France or Germany