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The present socio-cultural critique evolves with a consequential application of relative deprivation concept to all factors in conflict, economic and symbolic ones. An application of the concept of relative deprivation to symbolic factors might result in different impact depending on whether groups are ethnic, racial or religious. The concept of relative deprivation appears to be a quantitative concept, whereby a given stock of economic assets owned by group A is measured against the economic situation of group B. Aspects of objective identity deprivation are manifold, depending much on the kind of primordial group considered. Exemplarily, they are entrenched in restrictions to exercise religious freedoms, use native languages, publicly present cultural symbols, etc. In any case, objective aspects have to be translated into a subjective concept in order to matter to individuals and groups.

Keywords: cultural symbols; relative deprivation; religious freedoms; socio-cultural critique



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