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are frameworks of empirical evidence used to study and interpret social phenomena. A tool used by
, social theories relate to historical debates over the most valid and reliable methodologies (e.g.
), as well as the primacy of either
structure or agency
. Certain social theories attempt to remain strictly scientific, descriptive, and objective. Conflict theories, by contrast, present ostensibly normative positions, and often critique the ideological aspects inherent in conventional, traditional thought.
Тhe origins of social theory are difficult to pinpoint, but debates frequently return to
. From these foundations in
, and modern
. Today, 'social science' is used as an umbrella term to refer to
, and other disciplines. Social theory is interdisciplinary and draws upon ideas from fields as diverse as
. Social theory of an informal nature, or authorship based outside of academic social and political science, may be referred to instead as "
" or "
". Similarly, "cultural criticism" may be associated both with formal
scholarship, as well as other non-academic or journalistic forms of writing.
Social theory as a distinct discipline emerged in the 20th century and was largely equated with an attitude of critical thinking, based on rationality, logic and objectivity, and the desire for knowledge through
methods of discovery, rather than
methods of tradition. With this in mind it is easy to link social theory to deeper seated philosophical discussions to assure the responsibility in every human also.
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