Some Methodological Reflections
The book analyzes the methods used in the construction of the grounded type of sociological theory. It provides an overview of examples of qualitative research which are used for delineating the principal characteristics of methods employed in the construction of the grounded type of theory. Subject to explication are the characteristics of concepts, categories, and properties of categories employed in this type of theory, as well as the main steps involved in the construction of a grounded type of theory. These steps are explicated by applying the modern logical and methodological treatment of induction, deduction, and abduction.
I am grateful to Professor Roman Ciapalo from Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa, to Dr. Miroslav Tížik from the Institute of Sociology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, as well as to the referees who read the draft of this study and made numerous suggestions to improve it. Work on this study was supported by the Slovak Research and Development Agency under the contract number APVV-0149–12.
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“Those who can, do; those who cannot, teach; and those who have nothing to teach, become methodologists” (Lazarsfeld 1962, 757).
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