Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Hanst answered my questions on Some Examples of GT Terminologies.

Hi everyone,

I hope someone in this forum can provide me some examples for the following terms that really puzzled me:

1. Core category
2. Substantive codes
3. Theoretical codes
4. Basic social process
5. Gerund

Thanks for your help.


Hanst answers:

1. Core category (or variable) - example: cultivating. Odis Simmons discovered that milkmen were cultivating their customers in order to stay in business (this core is probably applicable in other areas such as maintaining friendships, marriages etc).

2. Substantive codes - cultivating is a substantive code that proved to be the core category in Odis's study on milkmen. There were other substantive codes in his study such as nurturing pseudo friendship, which is an important property of cultivating customers, but not real friends.
A substantive code, as I understand it, is a concept that labels a particular pattern of behavior discovered in a particular or substantive field such as the case in the study of milkmen. Not every substantive code generated in a study earns its place in a theory. Some codes do not fit within a particular core variable theory, but may fit with another core variable, if the researcher would choose to do more than one theory in one substantive field, like Glaser & strauss' Time for dying that came after Awareness of dying.

3. Theoretical codes - a code that labels a pattern on the meta level, ie how substantive codes relate to each other. Either in processes, typologies, binaries, conditions, contexts etc etc. Re cultivating, typologies are seen in this theory, and somewhat of a process. Also, power assymetry conditions were there.

4. Basic social process (BSP) - cultivating is an example of a BSP - read more of BSPs in Theoretical Sensitivity. A BSP accounts for most of the variation in change over time, context, and behavior in a studied area.

5. Gerund - is a verb's action noun. If you gerund a verb you give it a process touch. See Gerund Grounded Theory: The Basic Social Process Dissertation, Soc Press 1996. It is often very useful to gerund a core category since process is a common and powerful theo code to use in behavioral research.