Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Sociology and Anthropology

First Advisor

Dr. George W. Barger

Second Advisor

Dr. Dale Gaeddert

Third Advisor

Dr. Robert B. Simpson


This study focuses on the ongoing social processes of theory formation. It is a description of how individuals as members of a concrete social group think about social systems, share their world views within their group, explain their ideas to others, and attempt to produce realities corresponding to these ideas. The types of individuals under consideration are "policymakers" or "decisionmaker," and the substantive issue is that of theories about global trends of world growth, particularly economic growth. The study depicts the procress of social change as a sonstruction arising out of interaction between social groups with conflicting visions of past, present, and future realities as they relate to global problems of economic and population growth versus equilibrium.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Sociology and the Faculty of the College of Graduate Studies University of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright 1975, John C. Cunningham

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