The methodological dynamism of grounded theory

  • Ralph N
  • Birks M
  • Chapman Y
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Abstract

Variations in grounded theory (GT) interpretation are the subject of ongoing debate. Divergences of opinion, genres, approaches, methodologies, and methods exist, resulting in disagreement on what GT methodology is and how it comes to be. From the postpositivism of Glaser and Strauss, to the symbolic interactionist roots of Strauss and Corbin, through to the constructivism of Charmaz, the field of GT methodology is distinctive in the sense that those using it offer new ontological, epistemological, and methodological perspectives at specific moments in time. We explore the unusual dynamism attached to GT’s underpinnings. Our view is that through a process of symbolic interactionism, in which generations of researchers interact with their context, moments are formed and philosophical perspectives are interpreted in a manner congruent with GT’s essential methods. We call this methodological dynamism, a process characterized by contextual awareness and moment formation, contemporaneous translation, generational methodology, and methodological consumerism.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Epistemology
  • Grounded theory
  • Methodological dynamism
  • Methodology
  • Ontology
  • Philosophy
  • Qualitative
  • Quantitative
  • Reflexivity
  • Research
  • Research philosophy

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