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Classic Grounded Theory

Classic Grounded Theory
Applications With Qualitative and Quantitative Data

© 2017 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Classic Grounded Theory: Applications With Qualitative and Quantitative Data provides practical “how to” guidance for doing grounded theory (GT) using the classic approach articulated by Barney Glaser. The authors emphasize the philosophical flexibility of classic GT as a “full package” approach that can be applied to any study and any type of data where the goal is to discover and generate a conceptually integrated theory. Drawing on the experiences of novice researchers who have participated in GT troubleshooting seminars, the book provides step-by-step guidance on undertaking a research study that stays true to the classic GT practice paradigm.   
An Overview of Classic Grounded Theory
1. Situating Grounded Theory on the Research Landscape
The Early Development of Grounded Theory  
Are Glaserian and Straussian GT Reconcilable?  
The Nature and Power of Classic GT  
Emergence of the Classic GT Paradigm  
In Summary  
Test Your Knowledge  
Further Reading  
2. Discovering New Theory as the End Purpose of Classic Grounded Theory
What Is a Theory?  
The Drive From Substantive to Formal GT  
Theorizing in Rupture With Existing Literature  
In Summary  
Test Your Knowledge  
Further Reading  
3. Foundational Pillars of Classic Grounded Theory
Constant Comparative Analysis  
Theoretical Sampling  
Developing Your Stance as a Grounded Theorist  
In Summary  
Test Your Knowledge  
Further Reading  
4. Clarifying Common Sources of Confusion in Grounded Theory
Emergence Versus Preconception  
Description Versus Conceptualization  
Substantive Versus Theoretical Coding  
In Summary  
Test Your Knowledge  
Further Reading  
Classic Grounded Theory in Practice
5. Finding Your Data
Why "All Is Data"  
Overlooked Sources of Available Data  
Collecting Your Own Data  
Data Collection and Analysis as an Iterative Process  
In Summary  
Test Your Knowledge  
Further Reading  
6. Analyzing Your Data
Conceptual Analysis as Distinct From Descriptive Analysis  
Using Constant Comparative Analysis  
Types and Stages of Coding in Grounded Theory  
Core Category Emergence  
The Key Role of Analytic Memoing in GT Analysis  
The Iterative Nature of Data Analysis in Grounded Theory  
To Software or Not to Software  
In Summary  
Test Your Knowledge  
Further Reading  
7. Shaping the Theory
Theoretical Sampling  
Theoretical Saturation  
Theoretical Coding  
In Summary  
Test Your Knowledge  
Further Reading  
Writing and Evaluating Classic Grounded Theory
8. Writing as an Important Part of Doing Classic GT
The Process Leading to the Readiness to Write Moment  
Approaching the Literature in a GT Study  
Writing GT With Mixed Quantitative and Qualitative Data  
The First Draft  
Writing Blocks  
In Summary  
Test Your Knowledge  
Test Your Knowledge  
Further Reading  
9. Writing Classic GT for Publication
Doing Versus Writing  
Writing Classic GT Using Mixed Data  
Writing Conventions  
Some Guidelines for Publishing Classic GT in Top Tier Research  
In Summary  
Test Your Knowledge  
Further Reading  
10. Evaluating Classic Grounded Theory
The Consequences of the Paradigm War  
Criteria for Evaluating Grounded Theory  
In Summary  
Test Your Knowledge  
Further Reading  
Appendix A: Doing Qualitative Research Does Not Mean You Are Doing Classic GT
Appendix B: Classic GT Using Qualitative Data
Appendix C: Doing Classic GT Using Mixed Qualitative and Quantitative Data
Appendix D: Some Examples of Theoretical Coding Using Mixed Qualitative and Quantitative Data
Appendix E: Examples of Diagrams as Precursors of a Theory


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Classic Grounded Theory does a superlative job of clarifying and extending the works of Barney Glaser and the classical school of grounded theory in a way useful to both scholars and practitioners interested in applying this approach to the study of social behavior.

Wayne A. Babchuk
University of Nebraska - Lincoln

This is the classic grounded theory coach novice researchers have wanted. The authors anticipate the issues that stump people new to classic GT and answer frequently asked questions throughout the chapter. A clear, helpful resource.

Vivian B. Martin
Central Connecticut State University

This book is an excellent resource for researchers who want to situate their knowledge of GT within historical perspectives and tensions that contributed to the development of GT.

Karthigeyan Subramaniam
University of North Texas

A nice overview and presentation about what classic grounded theory (GT) is. The book explains well the emergence of classic GT and the authors share their own experience in conducting GT. Beginners as well as advanced researchers will find some useful insights for conducting their own research. Classic Grounded Theory is a source of inspiration for encouraging the emergence of grounded theories.

Sebastien Point
EM Strasbourg Business School

This books is a lucid and pedagogical walk through of the basic tenets of classic grounded theory. It is an excellent guide for researchers and students (at least master level) who wish to understand how to conduct a GT-study, or making the most of this type of methodology. The authors are very experienced and provide relevant examples. One of the best recent book on classic GT!

Dr Dina Koutsikouri
Communications , Division of Informatics
September 19, 2016
Key features


  • Specific published examples that mix qualitative and quantitative data, methods, and techniques help readers troubleshoot challenges with different types of data as they develop their own GT expertise.
  • Test Your Knowledge questions at the end of each chapter allow readers to check their understanding of the chapter’s main elements.
  • Suggestions for further reading make it easy for readers to explore additional literature related to chapter topics.
  • Valuable appendices offer examples of the differences between qualitative description and conceptualization, conceptual elaboration of qualitative data, and mixed methods GT.
  • A comprehensive glossary of key terms, extracts from three studies that used classic GT approaches, examples of coding, and examples of diagrams in the back of the book serve as helpful resources to promote reader comprehension.

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