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Thomas Theorem

A concept formulated by the American sociologist William Isaac Thomas (1863–1967) that ‘“*facts” do not have a uniform existence apart from the persons who observe and interpret them. ...

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A Dictionary of Sociology (4 ed.)

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2015
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Social sciences, Sociology
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... Theorem The classic aphorism, stated by W. I. Thomas , that ‘When people define situations as real they are real in their consequences’. See also self-fulfilling prophecy...

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A Dictionary of Media and Communication (2 ed.)

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2016
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Media studies
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... theorem ( Thomas axiom ) A concept formulated by the American sociologist William Isaac Thomas ( 1863–1967 ) that ‘“facts” do not have a uniform existence apart from the persons who observe and interpret them. Rather, the “real” facts are the ways in which different people come into and define situations’. Famously, as he and his research assistant and wife Dorothy Swaine Thomas ( 1899–1977 ) put it in 1928 , ‘If men define situations as real, they are real in their consequences’. Such a ‘subjective’ definition of the situation by a social...

Thomas Theorem

Thomas Theorem  

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A concept formulated by the American sociologist William Isaac Thomas (1863–1967) that ‘“*facts” do not have a uniform existence apart from the persons who observe and interpret them. Rather, the ...
perspectivism

perspectivism  

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See also epistemology; Thomas theorem.1. Broadly, the stance that the truth of any knowledge or fact is tied to a particular frame of reference (McGuire).2. (philosophy) A relativist and ...
spin

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(public relations) Selectively creating narratives and frames for events so that those particular definitions of situations are privileged which best serve the client's interests. Often a pejorative ...
Thomas Bayes

Thomas Bayes  

(1702–61)English mathematician remembered for his work in probability, which led to a method of statistical inference based on the theorem that bears his name. His paper on the subject was not ...
Kenneth Joseph Arrow

Kenneth Joseph Arrow  

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(1921– ).Leading theorist of social choice, winner of a Nobel Prize in 1972. In Social Choice and Individual Values (1951), Arrow studied the determination of rational choice at the collective ...
self-fulfilling prophecy

self-fulfilling prophecy  

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A concept introduced into sociology by Robert Merton (see his Social Theory and Social Structure, 1957), and allied to William Isaac Thomas's earlier and famous theorem that ‘when people define ...
Bayesian statistics

Bayesian statistics  

Statistical methods that make use of assumed prior information about the parameters to be estimated. The methods make use of a theorem of Rev. Thomas Bayes, measuring the change in probability ...
framing

framing  

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See also frame.1. Putting a border (or frame) around an image (or text) to mark its boundaries and to establish some degree of conceptual autonomy from its current context. The metaphor of framing in ...
Bayesian inference

Bayesian inference  

A technique of statistical inference that estimates the probability of an event occurring in terms of the frequency at which the event occurred previously. It depends on Bayes' theorem.
apportionment

apportionment  

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Allocation of seats to regional units, or to parties under systems of proportional representation.Territorial apportionment is usually a process of adjusting the seats allocated to each unit to ...
Srinivasa Ramanujan

Srinivasa Ramanujan  

(1887–1920) Indian mathematicianRamanujan, the son of a clerk, was born into a poor Brahmin family in Erode near Madras, India. Sometime in 1903, while a student at Kumbakonam High School, he ...
frame

frame  

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See also framing.1. A physical structure within which a painting, drawing, or photograph is formally displayed: see also landscape format; portrait format.2. A printed border around material on a ...
John von Neumann

John von Neumann  

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(1903–1957)Hungarian-born US mathematician, creator of the theory of games and pioneer in the development of the modern computer.Born in Budapest, the son of a wealthy banker, von Neumann was ...
symbolic interactionism

symbolic interactionism  

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[Th]A theoretical approach in sociology developed by George Herbert Mead, which places strong emphasis on the role of symbols and language as core elements of all human interaction.
fact

fact  

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Fact is stranger than fiction an alliterative version of truth is stranger than fiction; saying recorded from the mid 19th century.a fact of life something that must be accepted and cannot be ...
philosophy of mathematics

philosophy of mathematics  

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The philosophy of mathematics attempts to explain both the nature of mathematical facts and entities, and the way in which we have our knowledge of both. Modern philosophy of mathematics began with ...
natural selection

natural selection  

A complex process in which the total environment determines which members of a species survive to reproduce and so pass on their genes to the next generation. This need not necessarily involve a ...
spin

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A Dictionary of Media and Communication (2 ed.)

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2016
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Media studies
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...narratives and frames for events so that those particular definitions of situations are privileged which best serve the client’s interests. Often a pejorative term. See also angle ; bias ; burying ; framing ; propaganda ; selective representation ; soundbite ; Thomas theorem...

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