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The Discovery of Grounded Theory: Strategies for Qualitative Research: 0 [Kindle Edition]

Barney G. Glaser , Anselm L. Strauss
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"[W]e consider Grounded Theory one of the most important methodological treatises which modern American sociology has produced. It should become required reading for all graduate students of sociology." --Helmut R. Wagner, Social Forces "One of the rewards of reading this book is the restatement of the persistent theme that research of the kind Glaser and Strauss advocate is a thrilling, creative thing. It is not the least bit ignoble or tedious. The authors successfully transmit the sense of adventure, the air of excitement and of positive apprehension over what is discovered as one tracks down clues and sorts among attractive alternatives." --John C. Scott, American Sociological Review "The British Sociological Association recently compiled a list of couses on Sociological Theory and Methods taught at British universities. Reading through this list, one cannot but notice--in addition to the interesting discrepancies between the courses--a notable gap in most syllabi, reading lists and examination questions: any attempt to cover the area between, on the one hand, research techniques, and on the other, the debate on how one can meaningfully relate data and theory. The sociological literature as a whole has little to offer in this no-mans land, and by venturing into it, Glaser and Strauss have made a significant contribution." --S. Cohen, The British Journal of Sociology

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Most writing on sociological method has been concerned with how accurate facts can be obtained and how theory can thereby be more rigorously tested. In The Discovery of Grounded Theory, Barney Glaser and Anselm Strauss address the equally Important enterprise of how the discovery of theory from data—systematically obtained and analyzed in social research—can be furthered. The discovery of theory from data—grounded theory—is a major task confronting sociology, for such a theory fits empirical situations, and is understandable to sociologists and laymen alike. Most important, it provides relevant predictions, explanations, interpretations, and applications.

In Part I of the book, "Generation Theory by Comparative Analysis," the authors present a strategy whereby sociologists can facilitate the discovery of grounded theory, both substantive and formal. This strategy involves the systematic choice and study of several comparison groups. In Part II, The Flexible Use of Data," the generation of theory from qualitative, especially documentary, and quantitative data Is considered. In Part III, "Implications of Grounded Theory," Glaser and Strauss examine the credibility of grounded theory.

The Discovery of Grounded Theory is directed toward improving social scientists' capacity for generating theory that will be relevant to their research. While aimed primarily at sociologists, it will be useful to anyone Interested In studying social phenomena—political, educational, economic, industrial— especially If their studies are based on qualitative data.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 681 KB
  • Print Length: 271 pages
  • Publisher: Aldine Transaction; 1 edition (30 Aug. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CZB74C4
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Groundbreaking for its day 23 May 2014
By Sheila
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This is undoubtedly an important text for anyone undertaking a GT project. Glaser outlines the approach convincingly and in considerable details leaving no argument unquestioned. It represents quite a revolutionary research approach for its day which has become now more accepted.
As a text it suffers from too few illustrative examples of his ideas and arguments and at times can be a frustrating read. Nevertheless it can be hard to appreciate just how challenging Glaser's approach was for its day and still remains a seminal text for budding grounded theorists.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Feedback 5 Jun. 2013
By P. A.
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An excellent book for anyone carrying out qualitative research. A book recommended by Universities for individuals doing a degree. Supplier was excellent, and I would use them again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Strong on substance, weaker on form 29 Sept. 2009
By M.B.
The book itself is interesting, but it is just littered with typographical errors. It is regrettable that the publishers apparently didn't bother editing this with any thoroughness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless classic 3 July 2001
By Doug Walton - Published on
One should not be dissuaded from this book by its publication date. The material is as relevant now the day it was published, making it an essential classic now for over 30 years.
Readers of this book will be introduced into an entirely new paradigm for doing rigorous research based on a qualitative methodology. Particularly if you are only familiar with the traditional scientific method and experimentalism, this book open up a whole new world. Glaser & Strauss show how theory emerges from the data, as an ever improving understanding of the signifiance of what is discovered.
This book really presents a robust way for a researcher in any field, but particularly in the human sciences, to approach day to day research. It is the living method of creativity and innovation, presenting a system for understanding one's discoveries and framing them to producing meaningful knowledge.
Everyone is approaching life this way, living out experiences and drawing conclusions from them, including the most mainstream of scientists. But Glaser and Strauss show how that process can be transformed from a willy-nilly gut feel into something that more reliably produces defensible knowledge claims and builds a substantive theoretical network.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seminal Work in Grounded Theory 26 Oct. 2005
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This book is a must for anyone looking to write theory, or for researchers looking to do qualitative analysis.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Grounded Theory Rocks 25 Sept. 2005
By Christina Blanchard-horan - Published on
Glaser and Strauss's book is easy to read and offers a qualitative theory building strategy that is well structured. They provide a concise overview of the history of grounded theory and its uses. Moreover, they offer readers solid guidance on comparative qualitative studies and defense of the same in the world of research.
4.0 out of 5 stars Theory 18 May 2014
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This is a very good book. It fits with my interest in theory. The book is clearly written and understandable.
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic foundational work 6 Oct. 2013
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Rereading Glaser & Strauss's book after many years makes it clear how they were able to become so influential. It is still the best one-volume account of GT.
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