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The Discovery of Grounded Theory is a 1967 book (ISBN 0202302601) by Barney Glaser and Anselm Strauss on grounded theory. 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Barney G. Glaser (born 1930), American sociologist and one of the founders of the Grounded theory methodology. ... Anselm L. Strauss (December 18, 1916_September 5, 1996) was a sociologist, who worked the field of medical sociology. ... Grounded theory is a general research method for social sciences developed by the sociologists Barney Glaser (b. ...


After their success with Awareness of Dying, Glaser and Strauss decided to write a book on methodology. The Discovery of Grounded Theory was meant to invite and motivate people to use the newly developed methodology. Unlike later works, it does not provide much advice on how to put the theory into practice. Awareness of Dying is a 1965 book (ISBN 0202307638) by Barney Glaser and Anselm Strauss. ...


The authors had several goals in mind when writing the book:

  • Legitimize qualitative research. Having a reference book by established authors helped students defend qualitative studies which were not widely accepted at the time.
  • Criticize functionalists like Talcott Parsons and his student Robert K. Merton who in turn had been a teacher of Barney Glaser.
  • Demonstrate the possibility of building theories from data, something that many qualitative researchers doubt to this day, instead chosing to stick with mere ethnographic descriptions.

The term qualitative research has different meanings in different fields, with the social science usage the most well-known. ... Please note the difference between structural functionalism, which was developed by Meyer Fortes and Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard, and structuralism, a theoretical concept other (generally later) anthropologists like Claude Lévi-Strauss and Edmund Leach. ... Talcott Parsons (December 13, 1902-May 8, 1979) was the best-known sociologist in the United States, and one of the best-known in the world for many years. ... This article is about the sociologist. ... Ethnography (from the Greek ethnos = nation and graphein = writing) refers to the qualitative description of human social phenomena, based on fieldwork. ...

References

  • Legewie, Heiner & Schervier-Legewie, Barbara (September 2004). "Forschung ist harte Arbeit, es ist immer ein Stück Leiden damit verbunden. Deshalb muss es auf der anderen Seite Spaß machen". Anselm Strauss interviewed by Heiner Legewie and Barbara Schervier-Legewie. Forum: Qualitative Social Research On-line Journal, 5(3), Art. 22. Interview as MP3 audio (english) / edited German translation of interview. Accessed on May 20, 2005.

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Haig Grounded Theory as Scientific Method (4103 words)
Grounded theory is regarded by Glaser and Strauss as a general theory of scientific method concerned with the generation, elaboration, and validation of social science theory.
A good grounded theory is one that is: (1) inductively derived from data, (2) subjected to theoretical elaboration, and (3) judged adequate to its domain with respect to a number of evaluative criteria.
To this end, grounded theory is reconstructed as a problem-oriented endeavor in which theories are abductively generated from robust data patterns, elaborated through the construction of plausible models, and justified in terms of their explanatory coherence.
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