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Constructing Grounded Theory

Constructing Grounded Theory

Second Edition

March 2014 | 416 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Kathy Charmaz presents the definitive guide to doing grounded theory from a constructivist perspective. This second edition of her groundbreaking text retains the accessibility and warmth of the first edition whilst introducing cutting edge examples and practical tips.

This expanded second edition:

- explores how to effectively focus on data collection

- demonstrates how to use data for theorizing

- adds two new chapters that guide you through conducting and analysing interviews in grounded theory

- adds a new chapter on symbolic interactionism and grounded theory

- considers recent epistemological debates about the place of prior theory

- discusses the legacy of Anselm Strauss for grounded theory.

This is a seminal title for anyone serious about understanding and doing grounded theory research.

An Invitation to Grounded Theory
Gathering Rich Data
Crafting and Conducting Intensive Interviews
Interviewing in Grounded Theory Studies
The Logic of Grounded Theory Coding Practices and Initial Coding
Focused Coding and beyond
Theoretical Sampling, Saturation and Sorting
Reconstructing Theory in Grounded Theory Studies
Symbolic Interactionism and Grounded Theory
Writing the Draft
Reflecting on the Research Process

An important guide to a key methodological approach frequently used by the New and Early Career Researchers I work with.

Dr Rebecca ORourke
Medical Education Unit, Leeds University
March 24, 2015

This is an excellent book for students embarking on using grounded theory in their research projects. Charmaz explains the how to and the why in a way that conveys GT as a justifiable way of generating insights that are grounded in participant data.

Dr Anne Walsh
Centre for Adult Learning & Professional Dev, NUI Galway
March 10, 2015

One of the best texts on GT. Much improved over earlier edition. I and students love this text and author!

Professor Valli Kanuha
Sociology Dept, University Of Hawaii-Manoa
March 10, 2015

I’ve used this book while discussing topic on grounded theory. This book is very valuable seeking to explain students history of grounded theory and social construction ideas in research strategy (in this case – social construction approach to grounded theory). This book provides very helpful tips and recommendations, examples from real researches - on technique of interview (samples of questions, interviews‘ excerpts, examples of coding procedures), memo-writing, sampling, etc. An user (a reader) can find these valuable examples in visually distinguished boxes. The book gives an exhaustive description of the role of theory in grounded theory and gives advises how write theoretical framework). I will use this book next semester and will recommend students to use that. Additionally, I found this book very helpful in the process of supervising students in their work on master thesis. This textbook is a splendid practical tool for research.

Ms Natalija Mazeikiene
Social Work Dept, Vytautas Magnus University
February 19, 2015

Constructing Grounded Theory is an excellent guide to qualitative data collection and analysis and is a suitable text for post graduate students involved in conducting research for Masters or Doctoral studies. The book is clearly structured and offers a number of well constructed examples for both interviewing and analysis. I recommend this book as essential reading for students who are attempting qualitative research for the first time and as supportive reading for more experienced researchers.

Dr Gerardine Matthews-Smith
Schl of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Sc, Edinburgh Napier University
February 10, 2015

This is an excellent guide for students researching using grounded theory and will be a welcome companion for those who adopt this methodology

Mrs Valerie Sanders
Counselor Education , University of Greenwich
December 17, 2014

A useful and accessible introduction to Grounded Theory for students on taught MA and research degree programmes.

Dr Ayo Oyeleye
Birmingham School of Media, Birmingham City University
December 17, 2014

A must-have resource for novices of grounded theory as a research theoretical framework and qualitative data analytical technique

Dr Godwin Tetteh
Business, London South Bank University
December 10, 2014

It is a great book to understand all the method of grounded theory. It also has an expressive explanation of applying the process of codifying, analysing and write a qualitative research with GT method.

Dr Cândida Silva
Interdiscipline , ESEIG - Industrial and Mananagment Studies School
December 1, 2014

This expanded edition of a well-established text includes additional material on interviewing in general (perhaps not essential) and more useful material on interviewing in relation to grounded theory. There is a valuable additional theoretical chapter on symbolic interactionism which will appeal to some readers who enjoy a more reflective chapter amidst the more practical ones. The practical material remains valuable as ever.

Professor Brian Taylor
Social Work , University of Ulster
October 3, 2014
  • Exploration of how to effectively focus on data collection
  • Coverage of how to use data for theorizing
  • Two new chapters on conducting and analysing interviews in grounded theory 
  • A new chapter on symbolic interactionism and grounded theory
  • Coverage of recent epistemological debates about the place of prior theory
  • Discussion of the legacy of Anselm Strauss for grounded theory.