Relative deprivation theory: Specification, development, and integration.

Iain WALKER (Editor), Heather Smith (Editor)

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The relative deprivation construct has been widely used in the social sciences to explain phenomena from experiencing psychosomatic stress to participating in urban riots. It is currently a valuable tool in research, being used especially to understand processes of social identity and responses to disadvantage by both disadvantaged minorities and privileged majorities. Originally published in 2001, this book assembles chapters by leading relative deprivation researchers in order to present comprehensive synthesis of knowledge. Featuring integrative theoretical and empirical work from social psychology, sociology, and psychology, the book provides a highly detailed reference work. It is relevant to researchers in intergroup relations, prejudice, racism, social identity, group processes, social comparison, collective behavior, and social movements. The book will be of value to anyone with an interest in the topic and its practical application.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages379
ISBN (Electronic)9780511527753
ISBN (Print)052180132X
Publication statusPublished - 2002


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