In this fully updated and expanded Second Edition, Carol Grbich provides a guide through current issues in the analysis of qualitative data. Packed with detailed examples, a glossary, further reading lists and a section on writing up, this easy to read text is exactly what you need to get you started in qualitative research. The new edition covers analytical approaches including: Grounded theory Classical, existential and hermeneutic phenomenology Feminist research including memory work Classical, auto- and cyberethnography as well as ethnodrama Content, narrative, conversation and discourse analysis Visual interpretation Semiotic, structural and poststructural analyses A one-stop-shop for students new to qualitative data analysis!

Grounded theory

Grounded theory

Grounded theory is an approach that was developed in the 1960s in order to generate theory from observations of real life as these were occurring.This chapter looks briefly at three versions of grounded theory: Barney Glaser's version;the multiple processes inherent in the form of grounded theory developed by Anselm Strauss; and the constructionist approach developed by Kathy Charmaz.

Key Points

  • Grounded theory is a useful approach when the microcosm of interaction in poorly researched areas is the focus of the research question
  • There are three main versions of grounded theory
    • Straussian, which has a focus on fragmentation of data through a three-stage coding process
    • Glaserian, which is closer to field-based/hermeneutic qualitative research with a lesser emphasis on coding,and
    • Charmaz's constructionist approach, which more closely ...
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