Review: Franz Breuer, Petra Muckel & Barbara Dieris (2018). Reflexive Grounded Theory. Eine Einführung für die Forschungspraxis [Reflexive Grounded Theory. An Introduction to the Research Practice]

  • Marion Linska
Keywords: reflexive grounded theory methodology, textbook, qualitative research, methodology, style of research, embodied research, (self) reflexivity, subjectivity, quality criteria, research practice


The textbook "Reflexive Grounded Theory" was first published in 2009. In 2017 the third, completely revised and expanded edition was released. This is an accessible and reader-friendly work, understandable for beginners and inspiring for advanced researchers. It is not only a textbook, but also a work that goes beyond the methodology of reflexive grounded theory, compiling the nuances and (self-) reflexive aspects of qualitative research.

Comparing the editions and discussing their structural and content changes, in this review I focus in particular on why the third edition is worth reading (even for readers of the previous editions): In a thematically well-structured presentation, novice and experienced researchers are encouraged to reflect on the epistemological and methodological premises of qualitative research. Furthermore, they are supported in creating a personal project using the well-organized toolbox of reflexive grounded theory methodology (RGTM). In doing so, the textbook helps to build a bridge between the human and social sciences: As readers are introduced to the research process comprehensively and successively, RGTM turns into a transdisciplinary meeting point.


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Marion Linska

Marion LINSKA ist Kultur- und Sozialanthropologin, Psychotherapeutin (Fachrichtung: Existenzanalyse), Coach und Supervisorin in freier Praxis in Linz a.d. Donau. Sie hat diverse Publikationen u.a. zu den Themen Selbstreflexion und Selbstfürsorge in der qualitativen Forschung sowie zur Entwicklung der personalen Feld-Reflexion (PFR) vorgelegt und ist Mitglied der Arbeitsgruppe für Psychotherapie & Medizinanthropologie, der Arbeitsgruppe Hautbilder/Skin Studies sowie der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Ethnomedizin e.V. (AGEM).

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