My Love Affair with Grounded Theory: Making the Passion Work in the "Real" World



Rodner VL (2019) My Love Affair with Grounded Theory: Making the Passion Work in the "Real" World. Sociological Focus, 52 (2), pp. 156-169.

Grounded theory offers the interpretive researcher a cornucopia of possibilities. Thanks to its theory-generating ethos, grounded theory is open and flexible and applicable to a variety of research settings. Furthermore, it can be used as a method, a framework, an analytical tool, and a paradigm. For the purposes of inductive research, grounded theory is very alluring and many qualitative scholars fall for its theory-building promise. Few, however, embrace the paradigm for all that it has to offer, despite claiming to being grounded in their approach to generating theory. Here I share my own passion for grounded theory: from the epistemological journey that led me to the paradigm, to pragmatically applying the method to my own research. Grounded theory is best equipped for furthering our understanding of complex social phenomena, providing us with the tools to generate rich, innovative data-driven theory, making our adoption of the method a truly lovely affair.

General Social Sciences

Sociological Focus: Volume 52, Issue 2

Publication date31/12/2019
Publication date online28/01/2019
Date accepted by journal02/11/2018
PublisherInforma UK Limited