Social Research Glossary


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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2012-18, Social Research Glossary, Quality Research International,

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 24 January, 2018 , © Lee Harvey 2012–2018.


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core definition

Agreement on social values, forms of interaction and rules of behaviour by the members of a group or society.

explanatory context


analytical review

Raynet Sociology Glossary (undated):

A social process within which individuals or groups previously in conflict come to some agreement in regard to the rules, content, intentions, and form of future interactions between them.

associated issues


related areas

See also



Raynet Sociology Glossary, undated, available at, no longer available 20 December 2016.

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