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5.0 out of 5 stars Grounding Grounded Theory, 22 July 2010
This review is from: Constructing Grounded Theory: A Practical Guide through Qualitative Analysis (Paperback)
I bought this book as an introduction to grounded theory. Occasionally one makes a great choice without any background but blind luck and that is the case here. This book has opened my eyes to grounded theory, but more than that it has expanded my mind in respect to writing. This is a 'how to' manual without telling you what to do but guiding and generating thinking, I had plenty of 'light bulb moments' that lead me to change the way I thought about the writing I am doing. This book provides a focus to undertaking a project using the qualitative approach - Grounded Theory, by taking you step by step through the process from data collection to the write up.

What's more this book is enjoyable to read as it is written with a voice that is engaging and non-threatening, which is Charmaz practicing what she preaches in Chapter 7 'Writing the Draft' and addressing a broader audience than the social science group she is from. Health is my field, so I found the examples used by Charmaz from her study into chronic illness familiar and understandable. Generally the examples used were clear and understandable. The ease of reading belies the depth to the content with my reading limited to one or two sections, while I mulled and chewed over what I had just read and how it would help my project.

I think anyone looking to undertake research should read this book, as apart from its practicality it provides plenty of thinking material with chapter 6 'Reconstructing Theory' helping to expand the thinking in the research paradigm broadly. I did need to make sure I was not tired for this section as it required me to concentrate to follow the arguments. This is a scholarly work and not a trashy magazine. In the section 'Constructivist and Objectivist Grounded Theory' in chapter 6, Charmaz provides solid thoughtful arguments as to what she thinks grounded theory is, positioning grounded theory in the research paradigm and building on the work undertaken by previous known authors from the field such as Glaser, Strauss and Corbin. Charmaz thoroughly grounds grounded theory.
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