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Grounded Theory for Qualitative Research

Grounded Theory for Qualitative Research
A Practical Guide

Second Edition
  • Cathy Urquhart - Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, Lund University, Sweden

October 2022 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Straightforward and accessible, this pragmatic guide takes you step-by-step through doing grounded theory research. With hands-on advice focussed around designing real projects, it demonstrates best practice for integrating theory building and methods.

Its extensive examples and case studies are drawn from across the social sciences, presenting students with a range of options for both applying and using grounded theory. Clear and easy to follow, this second edition:

  • Traces the evolution of grounded theory method and provides a clear introduction to the nuanced history of grounded theory
  • Showcases important concepts like theory building, helping you to reflect on the wider context of your research and the contribution it makes to existing literature
  • Offers practical advice for how to do grounded theory research, alleviating common student concerns every step of the way

This new edition features two new chapters: one covering theory, and one on Theoretical Sampling. Several chapters have also undergone updates: Chapter 5 includes a wider range of perspectives including feminist and post-colonial perspectives, Chapter 9 features new, contemporary examples on how to write up your study, and Chapters 2 and 10 include new developments in the field of Grounded Theory.  

Supported by videos from the author sharing expert advice, this book helps you build the confidence to explore and successfully complete your own grounded theory research.

Grounded Theory Method
What is Theory?
Understanding Coding and Theory Building
Research Design using GTM
Open and Selective Coding
Theoretical Coding
Theoretical Sampling – Deeper and Wider
Writing Up your Grounded Theory Study
The Contribution of Grounded Theory – Some Reflections

A great guide to support students wishing to consider this method for their personal research projects. Guidance providing clear examples and definitions to support learners

Mr Julian Ayres
School of Education and Community, Wrexham Glyndwr University
February 21, 2024

This is an excellent introductory text into grounded theory research methods. It contains step-by-step guidance and practical examples for students to follow.

Mrs catriona hynes
Faculty of Health & Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University
December 14, 2022

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