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    I am writing a paper and need to ensure a sociological theory is good for valid reason (1) concepts must be clearly defined (for everyone/all cultures) (2) statements are logical and consistent through out with regard to definitions etc., I thought that was it but realize the professor needs more, (3) a theory should cover a wide range of things not just one concept.

    The theory is one suggested by me/the writer, indicating why it is the best choice, etc.; that would apply to a social issue in my case .... I am looking at correct time for intervention to prevent gang membership, I am thinking social bonding/self-control as a base... since attachment to parents is really at the beginning of everything, following along with exposure to the rest of the community, social learning, including differential association, eventually strain theory, and labelling.

    I just need to make sure that I do not miss any of the important issues of good theory and appreciate your help with this.

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    Your instructor may be looking for a variety of "layers" to support whichever theory you are addressing.
    In the case of "social bonds" review and address the ways society "bonds," ie: attachments, involvements, beliefs, norms, commitments (stake in society" with family, work, group, etc)
    What are their "cultural" beliefs based ...

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    The solution is comprised of ideas and direction in designing an outline for a sociological theory assignment about "social bonds." This brief explanation provides tips on areas of research, questions and paper development.