Skip to main content

Qualitative Research: Grounded Theory

A guide to qualitative research methods


Click titles to access videos:

The Literature Review in Grounded Theory
Dr. Barney Glaser talks about doing a literature review in a grounded theory dissertation.

A Discussion with Prof Kathy Charmaz on Grounded Theory
Interviewed by Graham R Gibbs at the BPS Qualitative Social Psychology Conference, University of Huddersfield, UK
September 14-16 2013
The discussion focuses on ideas from her book, Constructing Grounded Theory of which a second edition was published in March 2014, a few months after this interview. This second edition elaborates many of the points covered in the discussion, and is available from Temple University Libraries. See list of books in the box to the right of this box.

BSA MedSoc 2012 - Professor Kathy Charmaz presents 'The Power and Potential of Grounded Theory'
Grounded theory strategies have spawned numerous studies in medical sociology since Barney Glaser and Anselm Strauss made their original statement of the method. Yet the grounded theory method is contested from within and without. This talk aims to clarify what grounded theory is, to correct misunderstandings about it, to explain points of convergence and divergence among the three major versions of grounded theory, and to describe how recent revisions of the method answer earlier criticisms.

To see a list of available YouTube videos about grounded theory click here: GROUNDED THEORY VIDEOS


To see all books at Temple University Libraries which have Grounded Theory as a subject, click here: Grounded Theory

Click PRINT COPY for information for locating a print copy of the book  in the library

Bryant, Antony. Grounded theory and grounded theorizing: pragmatism in research practice. New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2017
Click here: PRINT COPY

Bryant, Anthony & Charmaz, Kathy C., eds. The SAGE handbook of grounded theory. London ; Thousand Oaks, California : SAGE, 2007

Charmaz, Kathy. Constructing grounded theory : a practical guide through qualitative analysis. London ; Thousand Oaks : SAGE, 2006
Click here:  PRINT COPY (1st ed., 2006) / PRINT COPY (2nd ed., 2014)

Clarke, Adele. Situational analysis: grounded theory after the postmodern turn. Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications, 2005
Click here: ONLINE COPY

Dey, Ian. Grounding grounded theory: guidelines for qualitative inquiry. San Diego: Academic Press, 1999
Click here: PRINT COPY

Glaser, Barney G. Basics of grounded theory analysis: emergence vs. forcing. Mill Valley, CA: Sociology Press, 1992
Click here: PRINT COPY

Glaser, Barney G. Doing grounded theory: issues and discussions.  Mill Valley, Ca.: Sociology Press, 1998
Click here: PRINT COPY

Glaser, Barney G. The grounded theory perspective. Mill Valley, Calif. : Sociology Press, 2001-2005
Click here: PRINT COPY

Glaser, Barney G.  Theoretical Sensitivity: advances in the methodology of grounded theory. CA: Sociology Press, 1978
Click here: PRINT COPY

Glaser, Barney G., ed. Examples of grounded theory : a reader.  Mill Valley, Ca.: Sociology Press, 1995
Click here: PRINT COPY

Glaser, Barney G., ed. Grounded theory 1984-1994, Vols 1 and 2.  Mill Valley, Ca.: Sociology Press, 1995
Click here: PRINT COPY

Glaser, Barney G., ed. More grounded theory methodology: a reader.  Mill Valley, Ca.: Sociology Press, 1994
Click here: PRINT COPY

Glaser, B., & Strauss, A. The discovery of grounded theory. Chicago: Aldine, 1967
Click here: PRINT COPY (1967) / PRINT COPY (1999)

Morse, Janice M.....[et al.]. Developing grounded theory : the second generation. Walnut Creek, Calif. : Left Coast Press, 2009
Click here: PRINT COPY

Oktay, Julianne S. Grounded Theory. New York: Oxford University Press, c2012
Click here: PRINT COPY

Remenyi, D. Grounded theory: a reader for researchers, students,, faculty and others. Reading: Academic Conferences Publishing International, 2014
Click here: Print Copy

Strauss, A., & Corbin, J. Basics of qualitative research: Grounded theory procedures and techniques (3rd ed.) Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 1998
Click here: PRINT COPY (1st ed., 1990) / PRINT COPY (3rd ed., 1998) / ONLINE COPY (3rd ed. 1998)

Strauss, Anselm, and Corbin, Juliet, eds. Grounded theory in practice.  Thousand Oaks, Ca.: Sage, 1997
Click here: PRINT COPY

Urquhart, Cathy. Grounded theory for qualitative research : a practical guide. London ; Los Angeles : Sage, 2013
Click here: PRINT COPY


Some recommended articles:

Allan, G. (2003). A critique of using grounded theory as a research method. Electronic Journal of Business Research Methods, 2(1), 1-10.

Charmaz, Kathy (2003). "Grounded Theory." The SAGE Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods. SAGE Publications. (online)

Charmaz, K. (2005). Grounded theory in the 21st century. In N. Denzin, ed. & Y. Lincoln (Eds.), The SAGE handbook of qualitative research (3d ed., pp. 507–535). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Charmaz, Kathy (1988, 1983) The grounded theory method: an explication and interpretation.  In Emerson, R.M., ed., Contemporary field research: a book of readings.  Boston: Little, Brown.  (pp 109-126)

Glaser, B. (2002). Conceptualization: On theory and theorizing using grounded theory. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 1 (2), 1-31. (online)

Rennie, David L.  (1998) Grounded theory methodology: the pressing need for a coherent logic of justificationTheory and Psychology, 8(1), 101-119. (online)

Thomas, G. & James, D. (2006). Reinventing grounded theory: some questions about theory, ground and discovery. British Educational Research Journal, 32 (6), 767–795.