Theories are composed of interrelated and usually verifiable statements or
Mead's symbolic interactionism
Weber's rationalization theory
Durkheim's suicide theory
A system of ideas that are used to explain the causes and/or consequences of
Specify what the key terms in the theory mean; for example, "Crime is any
violations of the Canadian Criminal Code and includes arson, embezzling,
Suicide purposefully ending ones own life
Also defines social integration, anomie, etc.
Descriptions of the phenomena of interest:
Outline the characteristics of the phenomena of interest; for example,
"Arson involves the illegal setting of fires and is often done at night, either
to abandoned buildings or houses when no one is home. There were 439
cases of arson last year, with estimated damage over $2 billion"
Connect two or more variables, so that knowing the value of one variable
conveys information about the other; for example, "as social integration
increases, the suicide rate decreases."
Deterministic, which means the two variables always go together in
a particular way. If research uncovers an instance in which the
variables are not related in this way, the relational statement must
General Research Orientations
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