Constructing Grounded Theory: A Practical Guide Through Qualitative Analysis

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Kathy Charmaz
SAGE, Jan 27, 2006 - Social Science - 208 pages
Kathy Charmaz introduces the reader to the craft of using grounded theory in social research, and provides a step-by-step guide. Using worked examples, this book also maps out an alternative vision of grounded theory put forward by its founding thinkers, Glaser and Strauss. To Charmaz, grounded theory must move on from its positivist origins and must incorporate many of the methods and questions posed by constructivists to become a more nuanced and reflexive practice.
 

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This book was succinct, practical, and a pleasure to read. Charmaz's method feels intuitive and comprehensive, so even I (a first-time grounded theorist) feel competent to dive right in. I especially loved her pragmatism and caution about getting so stuck in the methodology that one loses sight of the actual data. At no point did Charmaz seem lessaiz-faire or less than rigorous, but her method felt more flexible and alive than Corbin & Strauss'. A great book! 

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Kathy Charmaz is Professor Emerita of sociology and the former director of the Faculty Writing Program at Sonoma State University. She joined the first cohort of doctoral students at the University of California, San Francisco, where she studied with Anselm Strauss. She writes in the areas of social psychology, medical sociology, qualitative methods, and grounded theory and has written, coauthored, or coedited 14 books, including two award-winning works: Good Days, Bad Days; The Self in Illness and Time, and Constructing Grounded Theory. She received the George Herbert Mead award for lifetime achievement from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, the Leo G. Reeder award for distinguished contributions from the Medical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association and the Lifetime Achievement award from the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. Professor Charmaz gives workshops on qualitative methods, grounded theory, symbolic interactionism, and scholarly writing around the globe.


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