THE NATURE OF SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY OKUMAGBA, OGHENERO PAUL, FAYEYE, J. O. & EJECHI, EUCHARIA SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY DEFINITION AND MEANINGS Different people see Sociological & theory in several ways. Differing people have regarded different facets of sociology as theory and students are also involved because their works derive from theories. How do we define a theory? In other to provide an answer to this question, we must involve some definition which must help us in this. Mennell, S. (1972) distinguished just what a theory should be and what by convention is named Sociological theory. He started by saying that sociology theory in some instances is not sociological theory. What this means is that, it deals generally with a body of ideas mounted on theory, and this is not always their in the strict Sense of it.