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Grounded theory Methodology: Positivism, hermeneutics, and pragmatism

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Glaserian grounded theory methodology, which has been widely adopted as a scientific methodology in recent decades, has been variously characterised as "hermeneutic" and "positivist." This commentary therefore takes a different approach to characterising grounded theory by undertaking a comprehensive analysis of: (a) the philosophical paradigms of positivism, hermeneutics, and pragmatism; and (b) the general philosophical questions of the aims of science and the issue of choosing a scientific methodology. The commentary then seeks to position grounded theory methodology in terms of these philosophical perspectives. The study concludes that grounded theory methodology contains elements of positivism, hermeneutics, and pragmatism. In coming to this conclusion, the study clarifies the degree to which these three perspectives are found within Glaserian grounded theory methodology. © 2011: Lars-Johan Åge and Nova Southeastern University.

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Åge, L. J. (2011). Grounded theory Methodology: Positivism, hermeneutics, and pragmatism. Qualitative Report, 16(6), 1599–1615.

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