Glaser’s Scholarship – Analysis

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.