But, with few exceptions, embeddedness has remained more of a sensitizing concept
, focusing attention on where to look, than a substantive theory or model of how economic organizations and other institutions actually interpenetrate.
Gorski invokes Herbert Blumer's idea of "sensitizing concepts
" as a way to understand Bourdieu (328).
Since grounded theory involves development of sensitizing concepts before entering the field, we found the work of Levi-Strauss (1962) to be especially illuminating as his cataloging of general human interaction has impelled the identification of previously overlooked entrepreneurial behaviors such as bricolage (Baker & Nelson, 2005).
Since we relied on Levi-Strauss's (1962) work to identify the sensitizing concepts of bricolage, art, craft, and engineering, we sought entrepreneurs who had the greatest potential to serve as exemplars of each behavior (Eisenhardt & Graebner, 2007) while, at the same time, illustrating a contrast between behaviors across the cases (Yin, 1984).
Such sensitizing concepts
as the self and consciousness, grounded in "on-site processes", enable the investigation of cultural reproduction.
The data were organized into "sensitizing concepts
" which led to new ideas on what should be taken into account for the displays.
His other works include Working with Sensitizing Concepts
(Sage), Walking the Tightrope: Ethical Issues for Qualitative Researchers (UTP), The Ethics Trapeze: Ethical Issues for Researchers in the Humanities (Special issue of Journal of Academic Ethics), and The Origins of the Bahd'l Community of Canada, 1898-1948 (Wilfrid Laurier University Press).
This latter chapter is based upon a realist approach, seeking to show that the Bulmerian distinction between definitive and sensitizing concepts