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Rediscovering Grounded Theory

Rediscovering Grounded Theory

December 2013 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Rediscovering Grounded Theory is a bold re-evaluation of the origins of grounded theory, a philosophical clarification of its key ideas and a presentation of the most effective way to use its techniques in your research.

It answers questions such as 'What should grounded theory look like?', 'How do I recognise grounded theory?' and 'How do I produce good grounded theory?' by returning to the original ideas as they were presented by Glaser and Strauss.

Sharp, clear and thought-provoking, the book includes:

- Detailed analysis of the current literature

- Exemplar sections filled with detailed, real world examples and applications

- A detailed glossary

It will provide you with a grasp of what a grounded theory should look like, take you through the process of building a grounded theory and then explain best practice for critically evaluating the quality of grounded theory research.

What kind of theory is grounded theory?
Constructivism in Grounded Theory
Disentangling Concepts & Categories in Grounded Theory
Coding in Grounded Theory
How to Develop Theoretical Sensitivity
Rediscovering Skills for Theoretical Sampling
Theoretical Pacing and the Process of Doing Grounded Theory
Rediscovering Coding in Grounded Theory
Thinking Theoretically and Writing Memos in Grounded Theory
Theoretical Integration and Sorting in Grounded Theory
Integrating, Challenging and Contributing to the Literature
Understanding How to Write Theoretically
Rediscovering Formal Theory
Rediscovering Grounded Theory: Back to the Future

Based on a very careful analysis of original writings, this book will quickly establish itself as a seminal text and a definitive work for anyone interested in studying or using grounded theory as originated. It provides in one book, new insights and practical guidance on how to use grounded theory.

Tom Andrews
University College Cork, Ireland


In addition to its ease  of reading and its useful structure the book goes much further than most in helping to understand the nature of Grounded Theory and where its limits might lie...Without going into any more detail I would like to say that the thoughts and experiences of the authors are professionally delivered in an interesting and well structured text. All the key issues which are required for the successful implementation of a Grounded Theory project are covered.

Dan Remenyi
The Electronic Journal of Business Research Methods

This is a significant text in grounded theory written with PhD and early career researchers in mind. The authors take what I would like to call a ‘purist’ approach to grounded theory by going back to the original grounded theory texts namely Discovery and Theoretical Sensitivity. Most chapters begin with learning outcomes and end with succinct summaries and there are highlights to keep the reader on track.  They also use ‘exemplar’ grounded theory texts to make their points on how to do grounded theory...All in all, this is a very interesting text and I expect it  will be an essential reading for those interested in and new to grounded theory research.

Subhi Ashour

Gibson and Hartman’s use of 3 different Grounded Theory cases is persuasive and purposeful: throughout the second half of the text, the authors have drawn on insightful examples from these 3 studies, making the link between theory and fieldwork realities all the more  palpable for novice and experienced researchers alike. Gibson and Hartman conclude their book by highlighting their intentions to ‘reinvigorate grounded theory by rediscovering the context within which it was developed’ (2014: 237), an aim I feel they accomplished well...Comprehensive in its scope and clear in its explanations, Rediscovering Grounded Theory is both informative and appealing, leaving us as curious social inquirers hungry for more.

Victoria Rodner
King's College London

It is an ideal book for scholars who have just started their research pursuit via grounded theory and for the already experienced grounded theorists as well. The textbook manages to simplify a complicated theory in a modern, gradual and smooth way by giving simultaneously practical and up-to-date insights. Most importantly, the book enables the readers to think critically and gain new insights about grounding theory, even if they are already aware of the theory.

Eleni Chatzopoulou, Newcastle University
Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management

Useful to complement key texts

Mrs Jenny Hassall
Insitute of Nursing and Midwifery, Brighton University
April 21, 2015

This is the most pedagogically accomplished book on grounded theory I know of - clearly useful for undergraduate students. It will be included in recommended reading not only in the "From Theory to Research Results in Peace and Conflict Studies" course but also in the subsequent course "Bachelor Thesis", March-June 2015 (both in Peace and Conflict Studies programme at Malmö University). The library will be asked to also buy it as E-book if possible.

Professor Maja Povrzanovic Frykman
Global Political Studies, Malmö University
December 22, 2014

A really useful and easy to read book. Very specific to one type of research therefore only suggested to those students who want to embark on grounded theory.

Mrs Sally Underwood
School of Nursing & Midwifery, Sheffield University
December 11, 2014

A worth reading book on grounded theory! The authors offer a valuable critique of grounded theory, and in particular of constructivist grounded theory. They do engage with issues that few grounded theories explore in depth. For those who first read the discovery book, this new book will clarify a number of fuzzy concepts.

Dr Xavier Matteucci
Tourism Management, Fhwien Univ. of Applied Sciences
September 20, 2014

Clear and constructive advice and discussion which offers the reader an interesting insight as well as practical skill to progress from text to research in action.

Mrs Frances McGregor
Leadership and Management, Huddersfield University
August 12, 2014

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One: Introduction