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A seminal text for anyone interested in trying the constructionist GT method,
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This review is from: Constructing Grounded Theory: A Practical Guide through Qualitative Analysis (Introducing Qualitative Methods series) (Kindle Edition)
I like this book, it has become somewhat of a bible to me whilst struggling to get a grip on my 1st constructionist GT method. Overall it is very helpful, and I would recommend it to anyone as the seminal text on this variation of the GT method. Being a sad bugger I have both the paper and Kindle versions - I doff my cap to Sage for making the later available.
Charmaz writes well - although occasionally she does fall into the trap of using some vocabulary that will get you reaching for a dictionary (to be expected at this level I suppose, but still in my mind this is unnecessary). Furthermore the structure of some chapters is somewhat difficult to follow - although this could be to do with the subheadings, which could more clearly define the hierarchical structure of each chapter. E.g. I found myself re-reading the chapter on collecting data several times to try appreciate whether Charmaz was asserting that all constructivist GT is ethnography only to realise that the headings were confusing me.
I think half of my issues with the book relate to the fact as a student I am looking for very specific guidance - and at times this seems in short supply. E.g. what distinguishes a category from a concept? Charmaz does answer this, but its not in the coding chapter where you'd be forgiven for expecting to find it (more structural issues?). Yet this said: research is a 'practice' and as such its messy and needs the individual researcher to apply judicious consideration to each decision made. Under such circumstances I can not hold Charmaz to account for not going into the detail my specific project needs.
A last thought: perhaps a 2nd revised edition is now overdue?