Social Inequalities

Social Inequalities


Social inequality arises from a society organized by class, race, and gender hierarchies that unequally allocate access to resources and privileges. It can present itself in a variety of ways, including economic and wealth inequality, unequal access to education and cultural resources, and disparities in police and judicial treatment, among others. Social inequality and social stratification are inextricably linked. Social inequality is one of the biggest problems facing Western society. Inequalities defined by gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and class hold back individuals and societies.

Team Information
Bubble Bee
Peace & Justice

About the Problem

Problem Category

Peace & Justice

Problem Context

The existence of unequal opportunities and rewards for various social positions or statuses within a group or community is what is known as social inequality. The unequal distribution of goods, wealth, opportunities, rewards, and punishments are included in structured and recurring patterns.

How did you identify this problem?

For instance, racism is recognized as a situation where access to resources and rights is unevenly distributed along racial lines. People of color frequently encounter racism in the United States, which gives white people access to more resources and rights than other Americans because of their privilege as white people. Many people face racism in sort of ways, it could be racism against a gender, gender wages, religion, race or any other racial that our community faces.

Problem Details

Who are those affected by this problem?

We have seen many racism cases in this country, the most popular ones which everybody heard of it is the Black Lives Matter organization, racism affect many people that are trying to live their normal lives like everybody else. The distribution of money, wealth, and material possessions is referred to as inequality of circumstances. When it comes to housing, for instance, individuals who are homeless or reside in housing projects are at the bottom of the social ladder, while those who own multimillion dollar homes are at the top.

How often does this problem occur?

The last couple hundred years have seen a global rise in social inequality. Over the past few decades, this inequality has worsened. Inequality happens every day it started in Ancient times and it still continues today. Each country and culture have inequalities against certain people, for example, in the Middle East, women been having inequal rights as men. In Europe and America, racism against different races is very common.

How long has the problem been going on?

This problem has been happening since the Ancient time, Since the early 1980s, inequality has grown in the majority of Western nations. The 26 richest people in the world hold as much money as the world's lowest 50% of people, according to a new analysis by the international non-governmental organization Oxfam. Since the 2007/2008 financial crisis and the ensuing "Great Recession," discontent with the widening wealth and income gaps has increased dramatically. The excessively lopsided wealth distribution in the US was the target of the Occupy movement's protests against the greed of the "one percent". The rise in domestic economic disparity, according to former US President Barack Obama, is "the defining problem of our time."

Is the problem disrupting the community? How?

social inequalities disrupt the community by making separating people making people based on their financial support, for example, the neighborhoods where people have less income will have less protection, and hard for the police help the ones in need, they also been less cared by the government which make some communities dangerous for people to live in. Unlike the rich neighborhood, they live in more protection from the government.

Is the issue perceived as a problem by the community at large?

I would say it is perceived as a problem by the community at large, it's affecting every American that wants to live in peace and like everybody else. I think not everybody has been thru inequality in her/his lifetime. Like I said, inequality is not only racism against religion or race only, it could be even parents loving one kid more than the other, or taking care of their younger kid more than the older one.

Is the problem limited to certain geographic areas?

I do not think it's limited to certain geographic areas, it could be more in certain areas like a black person moving into a white neighborhood, might face racism or inequality. Or living in low-income communities which makes the government more strict on us than the ones in rich communities.

Who are the Stakeholders, those wanting this problem to be fixed?

All races want this problem to end, in the end, every human deserves and has the right to live a normal life like everybody else. Social inequality is shown in poor communities, Black communities, and Muslims. As a Muslim woman, I faced much racism and inequalities in my community, especially when it comes to airport check points, I get more searched than any other non-Muslim female.

Addressing the Problem

Are you aware of any solutions, approaches, or efforts to tackle this problem?

I have seen many organizations protest against social inequalities, it might get less cases than when it started, I would say it's hard to find the solution to this problem when the real problem is how people think of others. People need to think and teach their kids that everybody is equal, regardless of their race, gender, or religion they are and that we all need to respect each other.

What are the obstacles you are aware of to address the problem?

One of the biggest problems in the twenty-first century is inequality, yet many people are unaware of how complicated and multifaceted it is. As society grows more linked, it is more crucial than ever to comprehend inequities on a worldwide basis. When examining inequality, we must not only consider the differences between individuals inside particular nations but also across countries themselves.

What are the success criteria that could be defined to address this problem?

For disadvantaged people in nations with poorer health systems and those dealing with ongoing humanitarian crises, inequalities are also getting worse. Children, elderly people, people with disabilities, indigenous peoples, refugees, and migrants are particularly at danger of being left behind. Also on the rise is hate speech directed towards vulnerable populations.