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'Tony Bryant and Kathy Charmaz are the perfect editors for this excellent and forward looking Handbook which is surely destined to be a classic'

- David Silverman, Professor Emeritus, Goldsmiths College

For anyone interested in grounded theory this is a must have book. No longer will students have to search the library or internet to find authoritative voices on a variety of topics. It’s all right there at their fingertips

- Juliet Corbin, San José State University

Grounded Theory is by far the most widely used research method across a wide range of disciplines and subject areas, including social sciences, nursing and healthcare, medical sociology, information systems, psychology, and anthropology. This handbook gives a comprehensive overview of the theory and practice of Grounded Theory, taking into account the many attempts to revise and refine Glaser and Strauss' original formulation and the debates that have followed.

Antony Bryant & Kathy Charmaz bring together leading researchers and practitioners of the method from the US, the UK, Australia and Europe to represent all the major standpoints within Grounded Theory, demonstrating the richness of the approach. The contributions cover a wide range of perspectives on the method, covering its features and ramifications, its intricacies in use, its demands on the skills and capabilities of the researcher and its position in the domain of research methods.

The SAGE Handbook of Grounded Theory is an indispensable reference source for academics and researchers across many disciplines who want to develop their understanding of the Grounded Theory method.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Tony Bryant and Kathy Charmaz are the perfect editors for this excellent and forward looking Handbook which is surely destined to be a classic
David Silverman
Professor Emeritus, Goldsmiths College

For anyone interested in grounded theory this is a must have book. No longer will students have to search the library or internet to find authoritative voices on a variety of topics. It’s all right there at their fingertips
Juliet Corbin
San José State University

In my experience of supervising and examining masters and doctoral

students in the social sciences over three decades, a very large proportion

of them use or claim to use grounded theory in some form or other. It

appears to be the stock method of social science research and accepted

without question by most university teachers and authorities (let alone

students) in this field....This Handbook, at over 600 pages long, with 27 chapters (in addition to the chapter length Introduction) by more than 30 contributors, offers a vast amount of

material upon which to consider some fundamental issues...There is a very

useful ‘Discursive Glossary of Terms’ and (what a gem!) a thorough and detailed index
John Pratt
Higher Education Review

The Sage Handbook of Grounded Theory constitutes a fascinating col-lection, and the containment of each chapter makes it very amenable to ‘occasional dips’ a cornucopia of ideas in to the world of grounded theory (which is, apparently, the most frequently-cited analytical approach in qualitative research publications), this volume is unsurpassed
Amanda Holt
Qualitative Research

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849204781
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 2/20/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 656
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

GT in Historical Perspective - Antony Bryant and Kathy Charmaz
An Epistemological Account
Discovery of GT in Practice - Eleanor Krassner Covan
Legacy of Multiple Mentors
Living GT - Susan Leigh Star
Cognitive amd Emotional Forms of Pragmatism
Doing Formal Theory - Barney Glaser
Essential Properties for Growing GT - Phyllis Stern
Evolution of Formal GT - Margaret Kearney
Orthodoxy versus Power - Jane Hood
Grounding Categories - Ian Dey
Development of Categories - Udo Kelle
Abduction - Jo Reichertz
Sampling in GT - Janice Morse
Memo-Writing in GT - Lora Lempert
Coding - Judith Holton
Making Teams Work in Conducting GT - Carolyn Wiener
Teaching GT - Sharlene Hesse-Biber
GT as a Tool for IS Research - Cathy Urquhart
GT and Situational Analysis - Adele Clarke and Carrie Friese
GT and Action Research - Bob Dick
Integrating GT and Feminist Methods - Virginia Olesen
Accommodating Critical Theory - Barry Gibson
GT and the Politics of Interpretation - Norman Denzin
GT and Diversity - Denise O'Neil Green et al
Ethnography - Stefan Timmermans and Iddo Tavory
GT and Reflexivity - Katja Mruck and Guenter Mey
Mediating Structure and Interaction - Bruno Hildenbrand
Tensions in Using GT - Karen Locke
GT and Pragmatism - Joerg Struebing
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