Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Sociology and Anthropology

First Advisor

Dr. George Barger


Whether one is a social scientist, natural scientist, humanist or layman, he views the world about him from a certain perspective. The perspective each hold will lead to different questions regarding the same phenomena. Attempting and completing empirical research, however, involves more than asking questions. Our research situation indicates that a hypothetical prediction is being tested. The hypothetical prediction is derived from a theoretical perspective. Theory provides the researcher with "logically interconnected sets of propositions from which empirical uniformities can be derived.” The testing of hypotheses derived from the propositions is not an isolated endeavor for testing constantly refers back to its theoretical origin.


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 in Sociology. Copyright Marianne P. Hanson September, 1969

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