Social Inequalities: The Individual Significance of a Society's Issue

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Social inequalities include a wide range of issues that affect not only our society as a whole, but also each individual person who lives in our society and experiences such them personally. Inequalities will have a different impact on each person separately with regards to the influences on their lifestyle. In order to bring some form of resolution to the equation, we must understand not only the inequalities themselves, but we must also identify with the effects they bring about. In order to operate at an efficient measure, some of these issues must exist to the point where our society reaches equilibrium. By discussing personal experiences, I hope to convey this argument.

In today's civilization it is hard to overlook the existence of social inequalities in our households, communities, organizations, and individual relations. From an economic standpoint, I view the incidence of a certain level of social inequality as being economically efficient.

It provides a balance between two extremes of a perfect world that exists with a nonentity of inequality, and a world where there is a struggle to find any subsistence of parity and egalitarianism. The happy medium lies somewhere in between these two concepts. But to people who experience these inequalities regularly (which in today's society is the majority of people, however some more perceptible and impacting than others), it has a negatively impinging effect on their health physically, mentally, and socially. According to William M. Dugger, there are four modes of inequality present in the society we live in: "Gender inequality is the domination of one gender by another… Race inequality is practiced by one race discriminating against another… Class inequality…Nation inequality is practiced through the predation of powerful nations on weak nations" (Page 88). I can contest personally that I have experienced inequalities involving levels of...