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.
“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
"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
"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
- Marie L. Radford
"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.'"
- G.K. Hearn
"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.'"
Kathy Charmaz is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Faculty Writing Program at Sonoma State University. In the latter position, she leads seminars for faculty to help them complete their research and scholarly writing. She has written, co-authored, or co-edited fourteen books including Good Days, Bad Days: The Self in Chronic Illness and Time, which won awards from the Pacific Sociological Association and the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction. The first edition of Constructing Grounded Theory received a Critics’ Choice Award from the American Educational Studies Association. It has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Polish and Portuguese and two more translations are underway. A co-edited four-volume set, Grounded Theory and Situational Analysis, with senior editor, Adele Clarke, just came out as part of the Sage Benchmarks in Social Research series. Another co-edited volume with Antony Bryant, senior editor, The Sage Handbook of Grounded Theory, appeared in 2007. Professor Charmaz is a co-author of two multi-authored methodology books, Five Ways of Doing Qualitative Analysis: Phenomenological Psychology, Grounded Theory, Discourse Analysis, Narrative Research, and Intuitive Inquiry, which Guilford published in 2011, and Developing Grounded Theory: The Second Generation, a 2009 publication with Left Coast Press. She has also published articles and chapters on the experience of chronic illness, the social psychology of suffering, writing for publication as well as numerous papers on grounded theory and qualitative research. Currently she is working on a text on symbolic interactionist social psychology and several papers on methods.
Professor Charmaz has served as President of the Pacific Sociological Association, President and Vice-President of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, Vice-President of Alpha Kappa Delta, the international honorary for sociology, Editor of Symbolic Interaction, and Chair of the Medical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association. She has received the 2001 Feminist Mentors Award and the 2006 George Herbert Mead award for lifetime achievement from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction. She lectures and leads workshops on grounded theory, qualitative methods, medical sociology, and symbolic interactionism around the globe.
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
As a qualitative researcher using grounded theory methods in the late stages of my dissertation process the last thing I thought I needed was yet another qualitative/grounded theory textbook. Because of the recommendation of a friend and because I am a bit of research methods nut I bought ¿Constructing Grounded Theory¿ - and I am glad that I did. I actually read the whole book. Charmaz provides the researcher with a vivid picture of grounded theory. Throughout the book she provides easy-to-read explanations and examples for each step of the grounded theory process. Best of all, she treats you like a thinking scholar. You are not forced into a method because of dogmatic language, instead you are tantalized to think for yourself and develop solutions to your own research problems. This is an important book to read if you are a grounded theory researcher.
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