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value-added theory

Definition of Value-added Theory

(noun) According to Neil Smelser (1930–2017), the theory that for collective behavior to occur, several preconditions or determinants must exist.

Determinants of Collective Behavior

  • Structural Conduciveness
  • Structural Strain
  • Growth and Spread of a Generalized Belief
  • Precipitating Factors
  • Mobilization of Participants for Action
  • The Operation of Social Control

Value-added Theory Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: val·ue add·ed the·o·ry

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Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /vAl-yoo-A-duhd thEE-uhr-ree/
  • British English – /vAl-yoo-a-did thIUH-ree/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈvælju-ˈædəd ˈθiəri/
  • British English – /ˈvæljuː-ˈædɪd ˈθɪəri/

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Cite the Definition of Value-added Theory

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “value-added theory.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 23, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/value-added-theory/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

value-added theory. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/value-added-theory/

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “value-added theory.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 23, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/value-added-theory/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“value-added theory.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 23 Jun. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/value-added-theory/>.