Unit 1: Exploring Equality and Diversity
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Name: Caroline Steele
1. What is meant by diversity?
Diversity explains the many different and varied ways people can be different to one another. These differences may be gender, whether a person is male or female. Their ethnic group, for example their cultural beliefs, race, language, attitudes, values or physical characteristics. Their age, whether a person is old, middle aged or young. Their culture/sub-culture, based on their beliefs, likes, dislikes and behaviours that define a particular social group. Differences in their religion meaning their system regarding faith and worship. Another difference may be class which refers to the socio-economic class that a person belongs to. These many variations between people means we end up with diverse individuals, groups and communities. Each person has certain qualities that make them similar to other people and they also have unique qualities that make them different to all other people.
2. Describe the community you live in. Highlight some of the variations you may observe in terms of: • Interests
• Personal, social and cultural identities.
I live in a partial council estate. Some of the houses are owned by the council whilst the rest are privately owned. The people living in the council houses are mostly low income families and some are on benefits. Some are families, lone parent families and some are couples or single people. We are not a tight knit community but there is occasional interaction. There are different races of people including, black people, people from other countries including Poland and Zimbabwe, there are some practising Christians from various sub faiths including Methodists and Mormons, atheists and Hindi. There are people of all ages ranging from infants to the elderly. There is a large group of youths in our community who display some antisocial behaviour such as smoking drugs on the street, shouting expletives, littering, etc. They are all mostly unemployed and part of the benefits system. We also have some pagans and “Goths” in our community which tend to stick together. They hold coffee mornings for their children to play at each other’s houses. A lot of the groups in our community tend to stick together and not really interact much with the others. There are quite a few unemployed people in our community, especially recently due to the economic climate, many of these households have children in them too. Crewe is generally a working class area with a lot of cultural diversity as we have large Polish and Muslim communities within the town.
3. Explain how the variations in question 2 contribute to the diversity of the community.
The Polish community means that we have a lot of different foods in our shops and we have some exclusively Polish food shops so everyone has access to a different cuisine. We also have the chance to learn more about their culture and what they like/dislike and the children get to interact with them at school which teaches them that people from other countries may speak different languages and eat different foods. The different religions community in Crewe helps us learn about different cultures and how their beliefs affect their everyday lives. The children in the schools also learn about these and get the experience of...