Applications of Grounded Theory in Sociology: Some Methodological considerations
There is a very rich and complex literature on grounded theory that began with the founders of this approach, Glaser and Strauss (1967), and that still attracts researchers. It would not be wrong to state that patience is needed to explore that literature. Indeed, there are both similarities and differences among the researchers who use grounded theory as a methodological base. For example, Engward (2013) calls this methodology the “qualitative research approach,” Creswell (1998) calls it the “qualitative research tradition,” and Dunne (2011) calls it “research methodology.” Furthermore, Glaser (2007) criticises some of these authors, particularly Strauss and Corbin (1990), for forcing collected data into certain coding processes to make them measurable. Glaser claims that this procedure violates the main idea of grounded theory.
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