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Abstract

Grounded theory has long been regarded as a valuable way to conduct social and educational research. However, recent constructivist and postmodern insights are challenging long-standing assumptions, most notably by suggesting that grounded theory can be flexibly integrated with existing theories. This move hinges on repositioning grounded theory from a methodology with positivist underpinnings to an approach that can be used within different theoretical frameworks. In this article the author reviews this recent transformation of grounded theory, engages in the project of repositioning it as an approach by using cultural historical activity theory as a test case, and outlines several practical methods implied by the joint use of grounded theory as an approach and activity theory as a methodology. One implication is the adoption of a dialectic, as opposed to a constructivist or objectivist, stance toward grounded theory inquiry, a stance that helps move past the problem of emergence versus forcing.

Publication Date

5-1-2008

Journal Title

International Journal of Qualitative Methods (IJQM)

Publisher

International Institute for Qualitative Methodology (IIQM)

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://dx.doi.org/10.1177/160940690800700101

Document Type

Article

Comments

This is an article published by International Institute for Qualitative Methodology (IIQM) in International Journal of Qualitative Methods (IJQM) on 1 Mar 2008, available online: https://dx.doi.org/10.1177/160940690800700101

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