Unit 1: Exploring Equality and Diversity
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1. What is meant by diversity?
My understanding of diversity is that that we should acknowledge the differences in peoples, beliefs, age, gender, interests and identities but also to recognise that people are also different and individual, even within these groups.
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 small old village area, East Boldon. In some ways it is behind the times, in accepting change, mainly because it is predominantly an area longing to hold onto its heritage. This may be because it was an area that was populated by a more mature generation, who have lived and grown up in East Boldon. Their children still live here and now many have families, who all live in the East Boldon area. Already because of the spread, within the ages, you can see the differences beginning to develop, in the likes of cultural attitudes and values. I think a typical example of this is appearance, not only personal but the appearance of the area, which I think is down mainly to spread of socio economic standards. Obviously someone who has worked all their life has all they need and can now enjoy their time to enjoy their labours, where a young family isn’t particularly interested in the look of the garden or area. A family with a better paid job and more income probably wants to show that they have different values and can afford nice houses, gardens and cars. Most houses are privately owned, so again you can see the difference between the economics of East Boldon to Boldon Colliery, which is more predominantly council and rented accommodation.
Again if you compare the differences between the two areas in religion, then East Boldon have more churches and would be more inclined to go to these, which I believe is as much to do with social standing and age. I think a younger generation don’t particularly feel the need to go to church. That’s not to say they believe any less, just that its maybe not a priority to attend church. Religion wise, it isn’t an area that is massively diverse in anything other than main stream catholic and protestant groups.
There is probably a fairly even spread of cultural identity of people who say they are “Makems” and “Geordies”, which probably has more to do with the allegiance to the football team than Geographic’s. Football is, I think, the main sport of the area and a common ground for much of the community, which is a bit disappointing for an ex rugby player like myself.
There are quite a few pubs, for a fairly small area, which are always pretty busy. One of these has live music every weekend and is always popular to everyone, of all ages. They always have a varied selection, as well as karaoke, which appear to be able to traverse class, age, religion and gender.
So, if you’re happy with seeing as many horses as cars, are boozy and like a bit sing song after the football, then East Boldon is the place to live. Diverse, yet harmonious.
3. Explain how the variations in question 2 contribute to the diversity of the community.
I believe all five variations contribute to the community, which is what makes it a community. The older generation bring history and...