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Constructing Grounded Theory

Constructing Grounded Theory

Second Edition

© 2014 | 416 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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Kathy Charmaz presents the definitive guide to doing grounded theory from a constructivist perspective. This second edition of her groundbreaking text retains the accessibility and warmth of the first edition whilst introducing cutting edge examples and practical tips.

This expanded second edition:

- explores how to effectively focus on data collection

- demonstrates how to use data for theorizing

- adds two new chapters that guide you through conducting and analysing interviews in grounded theory

- adds a new chapter on symbolic interactionism and grounded theory

- considers recent epistemological debates about the place of prior theory

- discusses the legacy of Anselm Strauss for grounded theory.

This is a seminal title for anyone serious about understanding and doing grounded theory research.

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An Invitation to Grounded Theory
Gathering Rich Data
Crafting and Conducting Intensive Interviews
Interviewing in Grounded Theory Studies
The Logic of Grounded Theory Coding Practices and Initial Coding
Focused Coding and beyond
Theoretical Sampling, Saturation and Sorting
Reconstructing Theory in Grounded Theory Studies
Symbolic Interactionism and Grounded Theory
Writing the Draft
Reflecting on the Research Process


Interview with Kathy Charmaz
Watch Graham Gibbs interview Kathy Charmaz on Grounded Theory

Using this book for students interested in using grounded theory for their thesis research

Dr Dale Sheptak
School of Education and Professional Studies, Lake Erie College
June 8, 2015

Recommended for I study

Ellen Cohn
June 5, 2015

Those professional doctorate students who have used this text as background reading when considering the use of grounded theory for their research have found it thorough, clear and well-illustrated. The chapters on coding practices seem to be particularly helpful.

Dr Tony Cline
Educational Psychology Group, University College London
May 30, 2015

Excellent book. I am recommding this for our students who use Grounded Theory as a method in their assignment or dissertation.

Mr Neill Thompson
School of Psychology and Sport Science, Northumbria University
April 16, 2015

Excellent book but more suitable for MSc and PhD students rather than BSc students.

Ms Georgie Cox
School of Health and Social Sciences, Middlesex University
April 16, 2015
  • Exploration of how to effectively focus on data collection
  • Coverage of how to use data for theorizing
  • Two new chapters on conducting and analysing interviews in grounded theory 
  • A new chapter on symbolic interactionism and grounded theory
  • Coverage of recent epistemological debates about the place of prior theory
  • Discussion of the legacy of Anselm Strauss for grounded theory.

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Chapter Nine: Reconstructing Theorizing in Grounded Theory Studies

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