Unit 1: Exploring Equality and Diversity
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1. What is meant by diversity?
Diversity is the ways in which people are different, it’s what makes a person unique and separates us as individuals, and there are many different characteristics that people have which differ from others and are what makes us individuals. People differ in many ways for example in age, gender, socio-economic class, height, weight, sexuality, appearance and culture. These are just a few characteristics in which people are diverse but there are many others.
2. Describe the community you live in. Highlight some of the variations you may observe in terms of: • Interests
• Personal, social and cultural identities.
The community I live in is quite diverse in terms of race and culture, we have a mixture of British, Asian and African decent living all around and in the same neighbourhood so this makes for quite a diverse place to live. There’s a lot of families living in this community and even with the different cultures you do see a lot of inter mingling and co-operation between families from different backgrounds, for example during summer there’s a family of African descent that has a lot of barbecues but they’ll always invite lots of different people over to enjoy it with them.
Due to the different cultures of people living in close proximity to one another you can see differences in the things they take an interest in, you might see young teenagers playing football on one corner, or we also have a youth club a few minutes away where a lot of the younger teens or kids go once a week where you can play snooker, darts or listen to music.
Having people of different ethnicities living close together, means there are there are different beliefs held because of the people of different backgrounds, most people in the community from what I can gather seem to be atheist, however we do have a local Christian church and on Sundays you do see a lot of people from the black community attending Sunday church and a few white people also. We have a share of Asian families in the community also, the majority of which are Muslim, although we don’t have any mosques close by you’d have to travel around 10 minutes in a car to get to the closest one.
As I’ve said there are families living all around and because of this a wide range of ages, from small children who attend one of the local schools to their parents and even their parents, it’s definitely got a younger population but because of the large amount of families you do see your share of older people too.
There are a couple of different lifestyle choices you can make out with a walk around the local streets, on a weekend and if it’s warm out you’d likely see people having barbecues or small parties in their gardens, with friends or family of the occupants of the house, then there will be other people getting ready for a night out, or in the case of a lot of the Asian families, (and a fair amount of British people too), you’ll see them buying a Friday night curry from one of the local curry or kebab shops we have.
3. Explain how the variations in question 2 contribute to the diversity of the community. The differences and variations in my community make it a diverse place to live because there are many different people living different kinds...