“The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal” (Aristotle). Living in a time where we inhabit a fair and peaceful democratic country, inequality is still prominent in our society. These issues range from social control, social stratification, racial or gender inequality. Social inequality occurs when recourses in a given society are disturbed unequally through norms of allocation within specific patterns, along lines of socially define categories of persons which can be manifested through income and wealth inequality, unequal access to education, cultural resources, and differential treatment by law officers among others which may contribute to social status. Social inequality is found in almost every society, it is
Davis explores the theme of division between the social classes by using characters who view life based on their own economic statuses that works to reinforce the sill-existing gap of today. The social ladder is one that is filled with many holes. It is not a fair climb. Some will start out already at the top, while others will begin at the very bottom. No one can be faulted for where they start on this ladder.
The concept of social inequality tackles the existence of unequal opportunities for people of different status and positions in the society. While it normal to have a form of stratification in the society, there are situations that remain dire and need urgent intervention to try and bring about a balance. There are various dimensions of social inequality including income, wealth, power, and ethnicity. Social inequality has adverse effects on citizens of a particular nation especially on the quality of life due to unequal access to important social amenities. In Tracy Kidder’s Mountains Beyond Mountains, the author has a particular focus on several aspects of life in Haiti.
Another explanation of the violence is blamed on the ANC government’s service delivery bad record, what Apartheid didn’t damage, the ANC did. South African xenophobia has also been explained by the level of social and economic inequality in the country. It has been noted that the greatest punishments of xenophobic violence have been carried out in borders of formal society, where foreign nationals compete with the poorest South Africans to make themselves a basic living. And then
Apartheid was an ideology for the segregation of distinctive racial groups that was introduced in South Africa in 1948. At first, its aim was to have an “equal development and freedom of cultural expression,” (South African History Online, 2017). However, the Apartheid established a social system that forced people of different colors to live and develop separately instead. It undoubtedly impaired the blacks, which took up most of the population, only because they didn’t have the same skin color as their rulers. The Apartheid was developed for several reasons, the major influence was the ideology of racial dominance and fear.
Inequality is defined as “an unfair situation in which some people have more rights or better opportunities than other people.”(Definition of Inequality, 2016) Inequality comes in many forms, which include gender, race, status, religion, wealth and etc. This paper aims to analyze both the ideas of Virginia Woolf and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and utilize them to understand the origins of inequality through what both authors view as social dependency. Through analyzing both of these authors’ perceptions on inequality, Rousseau seems to provide a more concrete idea of the origins of inequality. First, a brief summary of the writers’ ideas will be provided. In specific, the paper will assess the strengths and weaknesses of each in terms of how they can help us understand inequality in contemporary Egypt and how to combat it.
Imagine living in a place and time where racism is not only unrestrained, but is enforced by the law. In “Cry, The Beloved Country,” Alan Paton discusses racism and its resulting factor; segregation. The novel 's theme is the enormous problem that racism was causing, and how segregation laws were only making it worse. To begin, South Africa had decided to set forth an apartheid to further segregation under the rule of the National Party from 1948-1994. In Alan Paton’s Cry, the Beloved Country, we see how black communities were subjected to segregation, inequality, and a rising crime rate.
INTRODUCTION: Background Poverty is mostly based in Africa. According to the dictionary poverty is defined as “The state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support”. Poverty could be said it started after the arrival of colonists, as they wanted to take over the lands of Africans. They wanted to change the lives of those people and westernize them. As they were forced off their lands then poverty became worse.
In order to change an unjust system, there must be changes politically and socially. In the case of injustices such as racism in South Africa, both the people and the government must recognize the unjust in racism. The struggle for such a change became the inspiration for André Brink’s book, A Dry White Season. In A Dry White Season by André Brink, the protagonist, Ben, attempts to find justice for the wrongful death of two Africans, Jordan and Gordon Ngubene. In his venture, he finds corruption in South Africa in law enforcement, judicial systems, and the worst of all - in people.