Davis-Moore thesis

(noun) Theory asserting that stratification and inequality are necessary and beneficial to society to motivate individuals to train for and perform complex roles.

Example: Medical doctors must undergo years of education and training. Therefore they are economically rewarded and respected within society.

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  • Variant spelling: Davis Moore thesis
  • Also called:
    • Davis-Moore debate
    • Davis-Moore hypothesis

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Works Consulted

Abercrombie, Nicholas, Stephen Hill, and Bryan Turner. 2006. The Penguin Dictionary of Sociology. 5th ed. London: Penguin.

Griffiths, Heather, Nathan Keirns, Eric Strayer, Susan Cody-Rydzewski, Gail Scaramuzzo, Tommy Sadler, Sally Vyain, Jeff Bry, Faye Jones. 2016. Introduction to Sociology 2e. Houston, TX: OpenStax.

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How to Cite the Definition of Davis-Moore Thesis

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “Davis-Moore thesis.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved January 21, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/davis-moore-thesis/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

Davis-Moore thesis. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/davis-moore-thesis/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “Davis-Moore thesis.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed January 21, 2019. http://sociologydictionary.org/davis-moore-thesis/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“Davis-Moore thesis.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 21 Jan. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/davis-moore-thesis/>.