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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for post-graduates and other researchers with social-constructivist/interpretive approaches, 30 Nov. 2012
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This review is from: Constructing Grounded Theory: A Practical Guide through Qualitative Analysis (Paperback)
Are you a post graduate student aiming to collect qualitative data? Is your philosophical perspective more of an interpretive or social constructivist? Are you planning to code and sift through huge amounts of interview data? Do you want rigour in your analysis? I sincerely recommend Charmaz's "Constructing Grounded Theory" as one of the books to get hold of. It would as well be an interesting read for anyone with interest on qualitative methodology. It can be read in tandem with other qualitative research methodology books, especially with Guba & Lincoln (1994)and Creswell(2003). I read this book many times, in fact this is my 'fine' text book for qualitative data analysis. There are a lot of practical examples given in the book.

Unlike some grounded theorists, Charmaz considers the method as one of the many methods, thus she argues that it should be the research problem that should guide the research process, not the method. So she is not religious about it. In the book, she argues that the researcher is a subjective and pro-active con-constructor of concepts and theory NOT an objective observer (That is why you find CONSTRUCTING in the title of this book). She argues the research is inevitably affected by a host of social and experiential factors, thus she accentuates the importance of being `reflexive' and recognising the inevitability of such subjectivity. She also contends the grounded theory method itself should be flexible in the treatment of literature review and thus should consider pragmatic issues.

So go ahead and do literature review at any time in your project but make sure to not bias your coding, memo writing and theory generation with extant theories. Overall, I found the constructivist approach to grounded theory so convincing as a method for qualitative data collection and analysis.
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