Luker (2008) coins the phrase “salsa dancing into the social sciences” to describe her way of doing research. She argues this method strikes a balance between academic rigour of structured scientific methods and a more open ended pragmatic approach. When reading Luker I have derived that the main traits of the Salsa Dancing social scientist are found in contrast against what she terms the canonical social scientist. These basic traits are an ability to review multiple methods and theories looking to the best ones for your specific research as well as a flexibility of thinking. This flexibility that ensures you do not get stuck in a paradigm a theory or method that might cause you to miss important factors in your research.
Luker, K. (2008). Salsa dancing into the social sciences: Research in an age of info-glut. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Shaffir, W. (1999). Doing ethnography. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 28(6), 676-686.