The lottery of birth
The lottery of birth

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The lottery of birth

1.2.5 Lives on the Line

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So inequality within countries as well as between countries remains a major issue. For example, while life expectancy in the UK may be the longest ever and one of the longest in the world there are still wide differences even within the same city.

Life expectancies in London were added to a map of the London underground railway network. The results are incredibly interesting especially if you are reasonably familiar with London.

Activity 1.3

Look at Lives on the Line [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] . Can you tell from the map which are the richest and poorest parts of London?

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If you don’t know London at all, Kensington, Knightsbridge and the area called the ‘City of London’ have some of the highest property prices in the world and attract many very wealthy people. The ‘East End’ of London is, and has been for centuries, an area of high deprivation.

In the next section, you will find out about educational inequalitites.


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