The axis is based on flow-state diagram, bottom left to top right. See flow-state diagrams for valence integration.
|→||finite, doctrinaire, traditional restraint of generalizing|
|→||traditions, with respect to areas, categories, subjects, schools of thought, and people. bounded and constrained||open, free, not tied down to conventional, and more generalizing; alienated until accepted.|
|→||theoretical coverage leads only to partial closures as always new ideas help theory to work and be modified||transcend traditional boundaries of analysis, theory, and categories. marginal until arrive.|
|→||theoretical coverage – only those ideas that work and the more parsimonious the better||full coverage leads to scholarly closures – all literature covered||↑|
|→||learned people love to point out gaps in analysis and put down one another||full scholarly coverage based on the literature – non-parsimonious||↑|
|→||deductive preconceived logic applied to understanding data||work with what one has, not apologize for what one has not||↑|
|→||source (“great man”) of ideas is often more important than ideas (you are a scholar because you have read and learned people).||derive or induce logic from data that fit and work are more important than scholarly source||↑|
|→||criticize – highly evaluative||own ideas and ideas from data that fit and work are more important than scholarly source||↑|
|→||argument over ideas||earn ideas – generated from data or emergently fitted to data||↑|
|→||correct rendition of ideas||advise on ideas||↑|
|→||reading, learning, remembering||taking chances with ideas, not always correct, while fitting them to data||↑|
|scholarship||thinking, generating ideas||↑|
(Glaser, 1978, pp. 11-12)
Glaser, B. G. (1978). Theoretical sensitivity. Sociology Press.