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Constructing Grounded Theory: A Practical Guide through Qualitative Analysis (Introducing Qualitative Methods series) [Paperback]

Kathy Charmaz
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January 27, 2006 0761973532 978-0761973539 1
Kathy Charmaz is one of the world's leading theorists and exponents of grounded theory. In this important and essential new textbook, she introduces the reader to the craft of using grounded theory in social research, and provides a clear, step-by-step guide for those new to the field. Using worked examples throughout, this book also maps out an alternative vision of grounded theory put forward by its founding thinkers, Glaser and Strauss. To Charmaz, grounded theory must move on from its positivist origins and must incorporate many of the methods and questions posed by constructivists over the past twenty years to become a more nuanced and reflexive practice.

Editorial Reviews


“I love this book. It is the second time I have used it for this course. The doctoral students also find it very useful understanding the grounded theory method.”
—Mary Ann Jezewski, University at Buffalo, SUNY

(Mary Ann Jezewski)

"Constructing Grounded Theory is an outstanding handbook for students and seasoned researchers alike who are using or seeking to understand better the application of qualitative methods of data analysis. This deceptively slim volume is extraordinarily dense and packed with down-to-earth advice, living up to its sub-title as 'a practical guide.'" (Marie L. Radford Science Direct 2008-08-07)

"The excellent articles are well written and accessible."
This handbook is a wonderful resource for scholars, researchers, students, and professionals about a method and theory that has an exceptional potential to 'ignite the mind.'"    
(G.K. Hearn Choice 2008-08-14)

About the Author

Kathy Charmaz is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Faculty Writing Program at Sonoma State University.  In the latter position, she leads seminars for faculty to help them complete their research and scholarly writing.  She has written, co-authored, or co-edited fourteen books including Good Days, Bad Days: The Self in Chronic Illness and Time, which won awards from the Pacific Sociological Association and the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction.  The first edition of Constructing Grounded Theory received a Critics’ Choice Award from the American Educational Studies Association.  It has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Polish and Portuguese and two more translations are underway. A co-edited four-volume set, Grounded Theory and Situational Analysis, with senior editor, Adele Clarke, just came out as part of the Sage Benchmarks in Social Research series.  Another co-edited volume with Antony Bryant, senior editor, The Sage Handbook of Grounded Theory, appeared in 2007.  Professor Charmaz is a co-author of two multi-authored methodology books, Five Ways of Doing Qualitative Analysis: Phenomenological Psychology, Grounded Theory, Discourse Analysis, Narrative Research, and Intuitive Inquiry, which Guilford published in 2011, and Developing Grounded Theory: The Second Generation, a 2009 publication with Left Coast Press.  She has also published articles and chapters on the experience of chronic illness, the social psychology of suffering, writing for publication as well as numerous papers on grounded theory and qualitative research.  Currently she is working on a text on symbolic interactionist social psychology and several papers on methods.

Professor Charmaz has served as President of the Pacific Sociological Association, President and Vice-President of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, Vice-President of Alpha Kappa Delta, the international honorary for sociology, Editor of Symbolic Interaction, and Chair of the Medical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association.  She has received the 2001 Feminist Mentors Award and the 2006 George Herbert Mead award for lifetime achievement from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction. She lectures and leads workshops on grounded theory, qualitative methods, medical sociology, and symbolic interactionism around the globe.

Product Details

  • Series: Introducing Qualitative Methods series
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; 1 edition (January 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761973532
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761973539
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great new book on grounded theory July 24, 2006
By C. Hahn
As a qualitative researcher using grounded theory methods in the late stages of my dissertation process the last thing I thought I needed was yet another qualitative/grounded theory textbook. Because of the recommendation of a friend and because I am a bit of research methods nut I bought "Constructing Grounded Theory" - and I am glad that I did. I actually read the whole book.

Charmaz provides the researcher with a vivid picture of grounded theory. Throughout the book she provides easy-to-read explanations and examples for each step of the grounded theory journey. Best of all, she treats you like a thinking scholar. You are not forced into a method because of dogmatic language, instead you are tantalized to think for yourself and develop solutions to your own research problems.

This is an important book to read if you are a grounded theory researcher.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Contribution to Grounded Theory October 5, 2006
As someone who writes about grounded theory and supervises PhD students using grounded theory, I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this book to them and anyone else using grounded theory. It is infinitely superior to the Strauss and Corbin book which in my opinion is too restrictive and makes it difficult for graduate students to apply grounded theory. Charmaz also very cleverly avoids the schism that rose between Glaser and Strauss on the application of the method by giving the student several alternative steps. A scholarly book which is also very accessible. As someone using grounded theory, I am relieved that Kathy Charmaz wrote this book - she really does do a good job in reformulating it for 21st century researchers.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A 'how to guide' and much more! May 17, 2007
By learner
As the title suggests, Kathy Charmaz's 'Constructing Grounded Theory' is a practical and thoughtful guide to the intricacies of undertaking qualitative research. Each chapter focuses on a specific aspect with numerous 'hints' and examples from her own work. Charmaz is an excellent teacher, unafraid to challenge the work of Glaser & Strauss with humility and commonsense. Highly recommeded to all aspiring qualitative researchers.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent core reading for Qualitative Researchers March 11, 2007
Charmaz has used her vast experience in qualitative analysis to produce an excellent resource for qualitative researchers. Whether novice or experienced in qualitative research, Charmaz' book "starts at the start" for newer researchers; assists the reflective process of the qualitative methods; and leads the researcher to a firm research outcome thoroughly grounded by informant experience. Charmaz provides substantial examples from her own research to illustrate methods and techniques which encourage the researcher to remain on track, grounded by informant experience and to persevere with reflective and inquisitive thinking. Her book also offers suggestions for creative writing of the project report. I will be prescribing this as a basic text/reference for future qualitative research students.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Genuinely Practical Guide to Grounded Theory November 8, 2008
This is a particularly well-written guide book for doing Grounded Theory. Grounded theory is one of the qualitative research methodlogies in which there are deep philosophical divides (i.e., Strauss, Corbin, Glasser). Charmaz manages to strike a middle ground between prescriptive, post-posivist approaches and some of the highly interpretative approaches emerging in qualitative research.

I would strongly recommend this as a "how to" book for those desiring to employ the disciplined and rigourous approach to grounded theory, without giving up on the creative process.

My only negative on this book is the quality of the binding. For $40+, I am disappointed that the pages are starting to fall out. However, that is probably because I am using it a lot:)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! April 4, 2007
This is by far the best and most detailed introduction to Qualitative Analysis I have seen. Charmaz is thorough, clear, to the point, and the book is well-written so that even beginner analysts could follow her points. Excellent find.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST HAVE December 11, 2007
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This book is a must have for anyone doing grounded theory research or dissertations. Kathy Charmaz helps the fans of qualitative methodology into the 21st century with this wonderfully written guide through grounded theory. The book promises to be of value to students or experts in the field, then delivers as promised!

Can't wait for her next book for my collection!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars grounded theory February 24, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I don't usually like reading text books but I don't mind reading this one... charmaz writes about a boring subject and make it interesting. To anyone who is doing qualitative analysis I recommend this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book if you are looking at conducting research with grounded...
Seriously, I cannot recommend this book enough for anyone who is interested in using grounded theory for their research! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Duke
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful
The book is full of good information. I recommend purchasing if there is an urge to gaining a deeper understanding. Was very helpful for me.
Published 6 months ago by PhD Leaner
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Grounded Theory Book
This book is so much easier to understand than the Corbin and Strauss book. It is also more enjoyable to read, and it allows for much more freedom in your research methodology.
Published 8 months ago by mtwist
5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide to one particular style of Grounded Theory
Ever since Strauss and Corbin introduced Grounded Theory as a qualitative research methodology, some qualitative researchers have criticized the method as being "too... Read more
Published 10 months ago by C. Wayne Perry
5.0 out of 5 stars terrific guide
Kathy Charmaz makes a lot of quite confusing information so accessible and does so by giving really good examples from different grounded theory research projects. Read more
Published 15 months ago by A. Johannes
5.0 out of 5 stars A quick guide into research
As a researcher, I constantly need to read books and papers.

However, very little could I credit for having changed my mindset and goals. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Paco Lepe
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book
This is such a good book. I can read it over and over and get something new each time. Would definitely recommend to others
Published 17 months ago by sharon smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Grounded Theory Methods
Under the tutelage of both Glaser and Strauss, the founders of grounded theory, Charmaz bests her teachers and provides an insightful and detailed guide for anyone using the... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Eleanor K. Sommer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I found a good approach to grounded theory in this book. In fact, you can find comparisons between theorists in the book and this enriches the reading. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Gloria
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to Comprehend
This is a straight forward analysis of the basics of Grounded Theory. For anyone beginning a study of different research styles, techniques, and concepts this is a must read. Read more
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