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Relative Deprivation Revisited: A Response to Miller, Bolce, and Halligan

Faye Crosby
The American Political Science Review
Vol. 73, No. 1 (Mar., 1979), pp. 103-112
DOI: 10.2307/1954733
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1954733
Page Count: 10
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Abstract

This article challenges some of the conclusions drawn in "The J-Curve Theory and the Black Urban Riots," by Abraham Miller, Louis Bolce and Mark Halligan (1977). Miller et al. reject relative deprivation theory and J-curve theory as valid explanations of black urban rioting. In my argument that Miller et al. are not justified in rejecting relative deprivation theory, I shall review four versions of relative deprivation theory to show how Miller et al. misrepresent the theory and to point out methodological problems with their operationalization of theoretical variables. Because these operationalization problems are far from atypical, I conclude with a call for greater methodological rigor.

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