The SAGE Handbook of Grounded Theory: Paperback Edition

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Antony Bryant, Kathy Charmaz
SAGE, Jan 21, 2010 - Business & Economics - 656 pages
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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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As a reader, this book probably presents the richest concentration on Grounded Theory thought in existence. Its target market is people with a genuine, rather than casual, interest in Grounded Theory. It handles the evolution of the method very capably and is up front in its consideration of the divergences in its application following Glaser and Strauss' joint work in the 1960s. Each of the papers is also strongly referenced. People seeking explicit guidance of a `how to' nature may need to look elsewhere or more likely with Grounded Theory, do the reading and work out the answer for themselves. Review submitted by Dr Simon Haslam, on behalf of the Social Research Association (SRA) 

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Essential reading for students using Grounded Theory Method. A collection of authoritative writers on a variety of topics. Writers who are leading researchers and practitioners of the method from all over the world contribute to this handbook.


Methods and Practices
PART I Origins and History
An Epistemological Account
The Legacy of Multiple Mentors
Cognitive and Emotional Forms of Pragmatism
PART II Grounded Theory Method and Formal Grounded Theory
4 Doing Formal Theory
Essential Properties for Growing Grounded Theory
15 Teaching Grounded Theory
The Case of the Information Systems Discipline
PART V Grounded Theory in the Research Methods Context
17 Grounded Theorizing Using Situational Analysis
18 What Can Grounded Theorists and Action Researchers Learn
Complexities Criticisms and Opportunities
20 Accommodating Critical Theory
21 Grounded Theory and the Politics of Interpretation

The Continuing Evolution of Grounded Formal Theory
The Defining Traits of Grounded Theory
PART III Grounded Theory in Practice
8 Grounding Categories
Different Approaches in Grounded Theory
The Logic of Discovery of Grounded Theory
11 Sampling in Grounded Theory
Memo Writing in the Grounded Theory Tradition
13 The Coding Process and Its Challenges
PART IV Practicalities
14 Making Teams Work in Conducting Grounded Theory
22 Grounded Theory and RacialEthnic Diversity
23 Advancing Ethnographic Research through Grounded Theory Practice
PART VI Grounded Theory in the Context of the Social Sciences
24 Grounded Theory and Reflexivity
25 Mediating Structure and Interaction in Grounded Theory
Dualthinking Modes as Necessary Tension in Grounded Theorizing
The Pragmatist Roots of Empiricallygrounded Theorizing
Discursive Glossary of Terms

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About the author (2010)

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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