With reference to what you have learnt about City Road, outline some of the differences across time and space on a street that you know. (750 words)
In the heart of an old mining town, Norton is a one way street with lots of little shops, a school and small businesses. Like all other streets, it is unique. Yet, when looking deeper into the characteristics of the street along with those who make use of different parts of the street at different times we start to discover a pattern in the similar traits to other streets such as City Road.
The police have a well-known role on our streets in repairing social order by prosecuting and issuing fines; however there are also many other roles enforcing different orders which often go unnoticed. Lollipop ladies are used in Norton, from a young age we learn how they work in stopping the flow of traffic, enabling children and parents to cross the road safely. This is similar to what we see on City Road where June the lollipop lady (‘Ordered Lives’, 2009, scene 1) is used to stop the traffic; by displaying a bright uniform and using a lollipop stick it is made clear of the times they are carrying out their duties. This is an example of shared rules and expectations used on many different roads which help to make social orders, shaping how we should behave in relation to our surroundings. Often, these situations take place without people even thinking about them because they occur as a rule by where disobeying is socially unacceptable and may incur consequences.
Norton’s physical appearance and location appears very different from that of City Road. Norton is an old fashioned narrow one way street with several shops and businesses found beside a river in a small town. However, on a much larger scale in the heart of a busy city, City Road is much more modern in its physical appearance, (‘The Street’, 2009, scene 1) with many more shops and restaurants set on both sides of a busy two way road. Despite the differences in...
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