Social Science looks at the world by asking questions such as why are things the way they are and how did they come to be as they are? By looking at the patterns as well as the meaning and connections in our lives we can answer those questions.
The DVD Making Social Lives shows a street, City Road in Cardiff as a way of introducing the social sciences. The street is a place in which people, objects and ways of living interact and make up our social lives. Often, we tend to take for granted what is around us and in our streets because we are familiar with the place. But when the place is new to us we use different eyes and can spot differences as well as similarities with our familiar places.
Viewing the DVD about City Road is a way of beginning to understand how differences and inequalities are produced.
Society always change and this is a reflection on what is in our streets. All these changes bring about differences and inequalities as Dr.Georgina Blakeley of the Open University ('Making social lives on City Road', 2009, scene 3) described in the DVD: `Something change and something stay the same'. We see this when Lloyd Robson meet Colin Buttwell, a newsagent in City Road. Colin Buttwell has been opened since 1965 and his shop has never changed. The opening of big stores like Tesco have had an impact in small business like the one owned by Colin. The constant changes and reshaping of the society brings about new inequalities and changes and reinforce existing inequalities and differences, creating losers and winners. It is interesting to see how something change and how something stays the same, so that there is a theme of stability and changes in the society.
One of the problems in our modern streets is the traffic. Roads are very busy and cars and buses need to negotiate the road with pedestrians in a way that everyone is safe and feel happy. Mr Suarez, the owner of the `Taste Buds Caf�' in City Road, expresses his concerns to Lloyd Robson. He feels that the decision of the council of moving the bus lane in front of his caf�' is wrong because people would find hard to park and small businesses like the one he owns, will resent. These kinds of tensions are never resolved;...