Abduction: The Logic of Discovery of Grounded Theory


  • Jo Reichertz Kulturwissenschaftlichen Institut (KWI) Essen




grounded theory methodology, Strauss, abduction, deduction, induction, methodology, Peirce, qualitative social research, construction of knowledge


This essay is a contribution to the question whether grounded theory methodology (in the variant of STRAUSS & CORBIN) contains an abductive research logic as developed in the work of Charles Sanders PEIRCE. After going through the works of STRAUSS and CORBIN I answer the question with a resounding yes. But it does not only contain the logic of abductive reasoning but also that of qualitative induction. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs1001135


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Author Biography

Jo Reichertz, Kulturwissenschaftlichen Institut (KWI) Essen

Jo REICHERTZ is currently Professor of Communication Science at University Duisburg-Essen, Germany. He studied mathematics, sociology and communication science at the Universities of Bonn, Essen and Hagen; gained doctorate 1986 (University of Hagen); postdoctoral lecturing qualification (Habilitation) 1991 (University of Hagen); since 1992 Professor at the University of Essen. His focus of research: sociology of knowledge, sociology of culture, sociology of religion, sociology of communication, sociology of law, police work, qualitative research, hermeneutics. Publications on the methodology of social scientific hermeneutics, manifestations of religiosity in the modern era, logic of police work (murder investigations, new media, profiling, interrogation), social forms of self-representation, sociology of the media, logic of research, pragmatism, abduction. He was several times a visiting professor in Austria at University of Vienna (Sociology) and at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, and in Switzerland at University of St. Gallen (Sociology).




How to Cite

Reichertz, J. (2009). Abduction: The Logic of Discovery of Grounded Theory. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 11(1). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-11.1.1412

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