Grounded theory methodology: Principles and practices

Linda Liska Belgrave, Kapriskie Seide

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Since Barney Glaser and Anselm Strauss' (The discovery of grounded theory: strategies for qualitative research. New York: Adline De Gruyter, 1967) publication of their groundbreaking book, The Discovery of Grounded Theory, grounded theory methodology (GTM) has been an integral part of health social science. GTM allows for the systematic collection and analysis of qualitative data to inductively develop middle-range theories to make sense of people's actions and experiences in the social world. Since its introduction, grounded theorists working from diverse research paradigms have expanded the methodology and developed alternative approaches to GTM. As a result, GTM permeates multiple disciplines and offers a wide diversity of variants in its application. The availability of many options can, at times, lead to confusion and misconceptions, particularly among novice users of the methodology. Consequently, in this book chapter, we aim to acquaint readers with this qualitative methodology. More specifically, we sort through five major developments in GTM and review key elements, from data collection through writing. Finally, we review published research reflecting these methods, to illustrate their application. We also note the value of GTM for elucidating components of culture that might otherwise remain hidden.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Research Methods in Health Social Sciences
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9789811052514
ISBN (Print)9789811052507
StatePublished - Jan 12 2019


  • Constructivist research
  • Culture
  • Grounded theory methodology
  • Objectivist research
  • Paradigms
  • Qualitative research
  • Realist research
  • Situational mapping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Medicine(all)


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