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Using the theory of Relative Deprivation, critically discuss the causes of an urban riot.

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  • Submitted: 21/04/2010
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Using the theory of Relative Deprivation, critically discuss the causes of an urban riot.

The theory of relative deprivation has been widely used as the mechanism for explaining the involvement of people in social phenomena such as urban riots. Relative deprivation happens when need achievement falls short of a reasonable standard (Deutsch et al, 2006:850). In other words, through depriving people of their rights a buildup of frustration and tension occurs which entices the onset of aggressive behavior (Walker and Smith, 2002:1). The theory is therefore useful in determining why people riot as a result of social deprivation.

The whole concept of Relative deprivation (RD) was originally envisaged to explain a whole series of relationships between various individuals' feelings of satisfaction and their corresponding positions within the armed forces (Walker and Smith, 2002:2). However, in recent times the theory has developed and advanced in such a way that it is now applicable to a wide variation of scenarios. According to Diana Kendall, people who are satisfied with their present conditions are less likely to seek social change (Kendall, 2008:555). Social change generally arises as a response to the perception that people are being denied what they

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