(noun) “A coherent statement or set of ideas that explains observed facts or phenomena, or which sets out the laws and principles of something known or observed; a hypothesis confirmed by observation, experiment, etc.” (Wiktionary n.d.).
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- Plural: theories
- activity theory
- age stratification theory
- conflict theory
- continuity theory
- cornucopian theory
- demographic transition theory
- dependency theory
- disengagement theory
- emergent norm theory
- new social movement theory
- queer theory
- resource mobilization theory
- role theory
- scapegoat theory
- Thomas theorem
- value-added theory
- A (noun) theorist studies (adjective) theologic or (adjective) theologistic or (adjective) theological society (adverb) theologically.
- “Sociology is the systematic study of human society and social interaction. It is a systematic study because sociologists apply both theoretical perspectives and research methods (or orderly approaches) to examinations of social behavior” (Kendall 2006:2).
Hughes, Michael, and Carolyn J. Kroehler. 2008. Sociology: The Core. 8th ed. Boston: McGraw Hill.
Kendall, Diane. 2006. Sociology in Our Times: The Essentials. 5th ed. Belmont, CA: Thomson/Wadsworth.
Wiktionary. n.d. s.v. “theory.” Retrieved April 1, 2013 (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/theory).