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Constructing Grounded Theory

Constructing Grounded Theory
A Practical Guide through Qualitative Analysis

224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`Grounded theory is a highly influential way of working with qualitative data and Kathy Charmaz is a major player, both innovative and fluent. This book is a model student text: lively, carefully argued and full of vivid illustrations. Beginning students and professional researchers will find it to be required reading' - David Silverman, Professor Emeritus, Sociology Department, Goldsmiths College and Visiting Professor, Management Department, King's College, University of London

Kathy Charmaz is one of the world's leading theorists and exponents of grounded theory. In this important and essential new textbook, she introduces the reader to the craft of using grounded theory in social research, and provides a clear, step-by-step guide for those new to the field.

Using worked examples throughout, 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 over the past twenty years to become a more nuanced and reflexive practice.

Essential reading for students, new researchers and seasoned social scientists alike, this book is one of those rare things, a textbook that is both accessible to those new to the field but also one that has important things to say about the nature of social enquiry itself.

An Invitation to Grounded Theory
Gathering Rich Data
Coding in Grounded Theory Practice
Theoretical Sampling, Saturation and Sorting
Reconstructing Theory in Grounded Theory Studies
Writing the Draft
Reflecting on the Research Process

“I love this book. It is the second time I have used it for this course. The doctoral students also find it very useful understanding the grounded theory method.”
—Mary Ann Jezewski, University at Buffalo, SUNY

Mary Ann Jezewski
University at Buffalo, SUNY

"Constructing Grounded Theory is an outstanding handbook for students and seasoned researchers alike who are using or seeking to understand better the application of qualitative methods of data analysis. This deceptively slim volume is extraordinarily dense and packed with down-to-earth advice, living up to its sub-title as 'a practical guide.'"

Marie L. Radford
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
Science Direct

"The excellent articles are well written and accessible."
This handbook is a wonderful resource for scholars, researchers, students, and professionals about a method and theory that has an exceptional potential to 'ignite the mind.'"    

G.K. Hearn
Idaho State University

This is a practical guide to grounded theory and analyzing qualitative data. For students who want to analyze rich data it is a must!

Professor Ellen Jansen
Centre for Teacher Education, Groningen University (RuG)
February 4, 2014

This is a very good text that provides useful support for students wishing to use grounded theory when undertaking qualitative research.

Mr Damian Fearon
Built Environment, Liverpool John Moores University
December 5, 2013

This book is great for students at all levels. It explains Grounded Theory in a clear and concise manner whilst taking the reader through the concept step by step from data collection through to the write up stage.

Mrs Kathryn Nethercott
Department of Education, Bedfordshire University
December 3, 2013

This is a clear and accessible text on an important topic!

Dr Fiona Harris
Department of Nursing & Midwifery, Stirling University
October 10, 2013

A thoroughly organised and accessible core text for any novice (or experienced) researcher contemplating grounded theory research.

This text is ideal for any P/G or PhD students.

Mr David Gaylard
Social Work (Bishop Otter), Chichester University
October 2, 2013

This is a great book and very useful for MA students who are wanting to commit to a empirical study using this method. Clearly written with good examples given.

Department of Health and Social Care, Royal Holloway, University of London
September 30, 2013

This book offers a practical guide to students on grounded theory and gathering data.

Mrs Christine Cattermole
UCO, University Campus Oldham
September 5, 2013

Sample Materials & Chapters

PDF File of Chapter 2

PDF File of Chapter 1

Kathleen C. Charmaz

Kathy Charmaz was 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 wrote in the areas of social psychology, medical sociology, qualitative methods, and grounded theory, and over her career wrote, 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... More About Author