A person is relatively deprived if he or she does not enjoy material or symbolic goods compared with the other people that enjoy them. The person who doesn't own some material or symbolic goods thinks is entitled to having those. Generally they compare themselves with persons which are in the same social or economic situation. So as the term suggests too, the feeling or the measure of social/economic deprivation is relative rather than absolute. Social scientists are putting the relative deprivation at the base of social movement or change and it is often seen as a driver of political attitudes and collective action.
Related terms: Health Inequalities Health Inequities Human Rights Social Exclusion