Constructivist Grounded Theory?

  • Barney G. Glaser The Grounded Theory Institute
Keywords: grounded theory, constructivism, constructivist data


I refer to and use as scholarly inspiration CHARMAZ's excellent article on constructivist grounded theory as a tool of getting to the fundamental issues on why grounded theory is not constructivist. I show that constructivist data, if it exists at all, is a very very small part of the data that grounded theory uses. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0203125


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Author Biography

Barney G. Glaser, The Grounded Theory Institute
Barney G. GLASER ( received his BA degree at Stanford 1952. He studied contemporary literature for a year at the Sorbonne, University of Paris, he spent two years in the army one of which was one year in Freiburg, Germany, when he became fluent in German and studied literature at University of Freiburg during off hours. He received his PhD from Columbia University in 1961. He then went to University of California San Francisco, where he joined Anselm STRAUSS in doing the dying in hospitals study and in teaching PhD and DNS students methods and analysis. He then published his dissertation as a book "Organizational Scientists: Their Professional Careers" and published over 20 articles on this research and the dying research. Then "Awareness of Dying" was written in 1965 and immediately became a resounding success. When asked, we wrote the "Discovery of Grounded theory" in 1967 to show how the dying research was done. Another big success! Then followed two more books on dying and one on chronic illness and one on status passage with STRAUSS. Since then GLASER has written 13 more books using and about grounded theory. Most are now published by Sociology Press. He has written countless articles. In 1998 he received an honorary doctorate from Stockholm University, Sweden. His works are read throughout the world.