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Definition of Typology

(noun) A classification system that divides something (e.g., people, places, things) into general groups.

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Typology Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: ty·pol·o·gy

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /tie-pAHl-uh-jee/
  • British English – /tie-pOl-uh-jee/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /taɪˈpɑlədʒi/
  • British English – /tʌɪˈpɒlədʒi/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: typologies
  • Typologies are common in the sciences as it helps with data collection and analysis.
  • Also called typificatory scheme.
  • A (noun) typologist (adverb) typologically creates (adjective) typological and (adjective) typologic groups.

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Works Consulted

Ferrante, Joan. 2011. Seeing Sociology: An Introduction. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Kendall, Diana. 2011. Sociology in Our Times. 8th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Taylor & Francis. (N.d.) Routledge Handbooks Online. (https://www.routledgehandbooks.com/).

Turner, Bryan S., ed. 2006. The Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Wikipedia contributors. (N.d.) Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation. (https://en.wikipedia.org/).

Wiley. (N.d.) Wiley Online Library. (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/).

Cite the Definition of Typology

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “typology.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved April 13, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/typology/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

typology. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/typology/

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “typology.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed April 13, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/typology/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“typology.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 13 Apr. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/typology/>.