Does Residential Segregation Shape The Social Life Of Cities And People 's Sense Of Who They Are

1250 Words Jun 3rd, 2016 5 Pages
This essay will attempt to show evidence that supports the question ‘Does residential segregation shape the social life of cities and people’s sense of who they are’ by using different types of evidence, such as qualitative, which comes from interviews, focus groups, or even pictures and other artistic endeavours like murals. Whilst quantitative is obtained from statistics, surveys and records. Evidence will be looked at by what has appeared over time, looking at the growth of Manchester during 1800’s, with migration of people from the country side, to the city to take up jobs of an industrial nature and how segregation kept the wealthy and workers apart and the inequalities of conditions they lived in. Then at more recent evidence showing a case study of Belfast and the history of a single street Portland Road in London and how segregation can create connections as well as disconnections in people’s lives and how this shapes peoples sense of who they are.
Firstly, what is ‘Residential Segregation’? The Oxford Dictionary of Sociology says ‘it’s the ‘social process that results in certain individuals or social groups being kept apart with little or no interaction between them and how this process erects social and spatial boundaries between groups,which in turn creates both connections and disconnections’(Scott,J, 2014). Which is simply saying it is the separation of different classes, ethnicities of people into different groups, which in turn puts up social barriers and…
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