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Special Invited Paper: Continuities, Contradictions, and Critical Inquiry in Grounded Theory

Charmaz, Kathy

International journal of qualitative methods. Volume 16:Issue 1 (2016) -- SAGE Publications Inc

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  • Title:
    Special Invited Paper: Continuities, Contradictions, and Critical Inquiry in Grounded Theory
  • Author: Charmaz, Kathy
  • Found In: International journal of qualitative methods. Volume 16:Issue 1 (2016)
  • Journal Title: International journal of qualitative methods
  • Subjects: Qualitative Research--Periodicals; Qualitative research--Periodicals; Social sciences--Philosophy--Periodicals; Social sciences--Research--Periodicals; Social sciences--Statistical methods--Periodicals; Periodicals; Qualitative research; Social sciences--Philosophy; Social sciences--Research; coding--constructivist grounded theory--epistemology--methodological self-consciousness--preconceptions--reflexivity; Dewey: 300.72
  • Rights: legaldeposit
  • Publication Details: SAGE Publications Inc
  • Abstract:

    What continuities and contradictions can qualitative researchers discern among versions of the grounded theory method? How do contradictions within the method affect research practice? How do new versions of grounded theory advance research practice and critical inquiry? To answer these questions, this keynote address begins with a brief overview of grounded theory for those who are unfamiliar with the method and subsequently discusses the continuities and contradictions between versions of the method. Constructivist grounded theory (CGT) uses the methodological strategies of the original version but builds on its pragmatist heritage, shifts its epistemological foundations, and resolves contradictions in earlier versions of the method. The result means placing grounded theory in the social constructionist tradition, viewing data as co-constructed with research participants, puncturing deeply held methodological preconceptions, and subsequently fostering a heightened methodological self-consciousness. The practice of CGT assists researchers in interrogating their data, nascent analyses, research actions, and themselves each step along the way. Subsequently, researchers can gain awareness of the pervasiveness of Anglo-North American worldviews throughout inquiry. CGT not only aids theorizing and defining and developing emergent critical questions during the research process but also brings power into purview.


  • Identifier: System Number: LDEAvdc_100071747064.0x000001; Journal ISSN: 1609-4069; 10.1177/1609406917719350
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Physical Description: Electronic
  • Shelfmark(s): ELD Digital store

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