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Grounded Theory and Inductive Research

Hodkinson, Paul (2008) Grounded Theory and Inductive Research In: Researching Social Life. Sage Publications Ltd, London, pp. 80-100. ISBN 141294662X

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This chapter focuses upon the principles and procedures associated with grounded theory, which has become the most well known approach to inductive social research. Having distinguished between inductive and deductive approaches to the development of theory through research in a general sense, the chapter goes on to outline the key features of grounded theory, including the notions of theoretical sampling, coding, constant comparison, and theoretical saturation. The focus here is partly on providing practical information and examples on how to carry out grounded theory research but also on understanding the justifications and arguments offered by proponents for adopting this approach. Having set out such procedures and arguments, we will examine some of the criticisms which have been levelled against grounded theory. It is suggested that, although highly influential, grounded theory is not very often followed to the letter and that – for better or worse – it is more common for researchers to adopt one or more elements associated with approach as part of their efforts to develop theory through research.

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Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
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Date : 2008
Uncontrolled Keywords : Social Science
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Date Deposited : 22 Nov 2012 14:41
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