Working Class and Age Group

Topics: Working class, Social class, Middle class Pages: 5 (1807 words) Published: August 26, 2013
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Part 1:
Using the data in the table provided on pages 20 and 21, what can you say about relationships people have with their neighbours and immediate community?


Looking at the information ICM provided about relationship between neighbours, it is evident that there is a huge difference between the quantities of good neighbouring relationships in different age groups, for example, from the total number, 47358, only 1031, which means 18% claims to have a very good relationship with their neighbours, and by the age group 65+, this number increases to 59%, which means 5820 people, which means times more “good neighbouring” relationships then at the first age group. Also from the first age group 645 from 1031 claims that they don`t have a good relationships with neighbours, but in the other age group I am examining, only 498 says the same, which is only 5% of the total number. After looking at the table in whole, it can be seen clearly how numbers increase together, which is a pattern: the number of good relationships increase with growing age. I have also found an interesting anomaly when examining the question about how much time neighbours spending together, the numbers do not increase proportionally. As a matter fact the 25-34 age group decreases time spent with other neighbours by 2% compared to the 18-24 age group, then after increasing again by the age of 54, it goes down again by 1%, which means number of relationships are not permanent, and they change many times in a human`s life. The other table shows how relations formed according to regional and social class based data, with the same questions as in table 1. Upper and middle classes seem to socialize more than skilled, or unskilled workers, they have a better relationship with neighbours than those who are possibly on a lower income. It is interesting that the members of skilled worker class (C2) claim to know all their neighbours more than members of the upper, or middle class do (AB), but still, both classes claim they know the names of their neighbours, even if the C2 class does speak rarely to people around them, and it is a regional pattern to know each-others names between neighbours. Sum of it all, neighbours in different regions who are from the upper, and skilled worker class mostly know each-others names, and socialize more by the time passes, and only a low number comparing to totals are claiming that they live in an unfriendly neighbourhood, and also with growing age most people have better relationships with their neighbours, and know more about them, and also older people think more they live in a friendly community. It is also interesting that twice as more from the upper class (AB) is neutral about neighbouring,(4%) and claims they do not have any relationships with neighbours, than the worker class, from which only 2% answered the same.

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Self reflection:

This was probably the most difficult task for me so far, because working with numbers was always hard for me, I have understood the question, but to bond the data in sentences was also difficult, (as English is not my mother tongue) the main patterns were the numbers which were increasing with growing aged groups, and also I think in more crowded places such as South-East, “unfriendliness “ is more common. It was interesting to see how percentages can differ as well in different age groups.


Part 2: Examine the argument that `Good fences make good neighbours`

witnesses. About the two killings,`The whole issue was not about what the bystanders thought, or felt at the time of the murder, but about the failure to act.` (Making Social Lives, p 274) It is one of the biggest concerns in our minds, when to get involved in other peoples conflicts, about when the situation is serious enough to...

References: Byford, J. (2009) `Living together, living apart: 3.2 Experimenting with emergencies: from the neighbourhood to the laboratory and back. In Taylor, S. Hinchliffe, S., Clarke, J. and Bromley, S. (eds) Making Social Lives, Milton Keynes, The Open University
Steve Hinchliffe. (2009) Connecting people and places: 1.2 Urbanisation in Manchester
In Taylor, S. Hinchliffe, S., Clarke, J. and Bromley, S. (eds) Making Social Lives, Milton Keynes, The Open University
Self reflection
For me it is very useful to have feedback, so I know what to change in my writing techniques, and what was missing from the essay, and also simply it feels good that someone reads my work and talks about it. So for me it is very important.
Yes, I am trying to citate more, and to put these in the right places, also with bonding paragraphs, and separating parts, having more impact with shorter sentences.. For me it is also studying English, and making vocabularies now. I am trying to work more and more, but for example this part was the hardest so far with all the numbers and data. The second part was very interesting with the experiments.
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