Health and Social Care Unit 19 Essay

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BTEC National Diploma in Health and Social Care
Assignment 1, Unit 19
Georgina Reed


In this assignment I will be explaining the concept of an unequal society, be describing social inequalities that exist in society, also I will be discussing the impact of social inequalities on groups in society. Finally I will evaluate the impact of social inequalities in society.


We live in a society that is very unequal, in a way that people get treated differently depending on their social class, race or gender. Social inequality means the situation in which individual groups in a society do not have equal social status, social class or social circle. Clear boundaries in society are made that prevents
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This doesn’t mean everyone is the same, they have individual differences. People have strong feelings about this situation which has a strong impact in society, this may lead to individuals not wanting to leave their home because they are afraid of getting stabbed, mugged, this is why people stereotype and discriminate against each other. Most young people feel the media represents them as antisocial and a group to be feared they judge before they know.

Social class has another big impact in society causing people to judge, discriminate, label and stereotype.Poverty and social inequality have direct and indirect effects on the social, mental and physical well-being of an individual. Some people believe that income inequality produces psychosocial stress, which leads to deteriorating health and higher mortality over time. However, the association between income inequality and life expectancy is slowly disappearing and is no longer widely accepted. Those who live in deprived communities, where there is under-investment in the social and physical infrastructure, experience poor health, resulting in higher mortality for those of lower socio-economic class. The effects of income inequality also spill over into society, causing stress, frustration and family disruption, which then increase the rates of crime, homicide and violence. People who work within the government constantly change prices, and health care this