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Frustration-Aggression Theory


Definition: The frustration-aggression theory argues that social movements occur when frustration leads to collective, often aggressive behavior. Frustration has a variety of sources and can take two forms. First, it can be absolute, which happens when people do not have enough to survive, and second, it can be relative, which happens when people have enough to survive but have less than those around them. This theory, however, has very little backing as researchers have been unable to link social movements with observed frustration levels.

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