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Relative Versus Absolute Deprivation

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Relative Versus Absolute Deprivation • Conflict theorists have pointed out that it is not absolute, unchanging standards that determine deprivation and oppression. Although minority groups may be viewed as having adequate or even good incomes, housing, health care, and educational opportunities, it is their position relative to some other group that offers evidence of discrimination. Relative deprivation refers to the conscious experience of a negative discrepancy between legitimate expectations and present actualities. In contrast,
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Unformatted text preview: absolute deprivation implies a fixed standard based on a minimum level of subsistence below which families should not be expected to exist. • Karl Marx pointed out that, although the misery of the workers was important in reflecting their oppressed state, so was their position relative to the ruling class. In 1847, Marx wrote “Although the enjoyment of the workers has risen, the social satisfaction that they have has fallen in comparison with the increased enjoyment of the capitalist.”...
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