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Garson, G. D. (2016). Grounded Theory: 2016 Edition. Asheboro, NC: Statistical Associates Publishers.

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A tutorial and introduction to cluster analysis using grounded theory, with emphasis on the social sciencs. Suitable for introductory graduate-level study.

The 2016 edition is a major update to the 2012 edition. Among the new features are these:

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Table of Contents
Overview	5
Key Concepts and Terms	7
Definition	7
Paradigms and theory	9
Straussian vs. Glaserian strategies	9
Types of grounded theory research design	12
Theoretical sampling	14
Dimensional analysis	16
Stages of grounded theory research	17
Selection of the research question	17
Ethical considerations	17
Interviewing and data-gathering	19
Data coding (pattern naming)	21
The interview-analyze-reinterview cycle	23
Validating the story line	23
Assumptions	23
Inductive subjectivity vs. intersubjectivity	23
Researcher subjectivity	24
Emergence	24
Iterative, not linear research	25
Sampling and generalization	26
Frequently Asked Questions	26
Is grounded theory just another term for "description"?	26
Is grounded theory just another term for "self-description"?	27
What is "constructivist" grounded theory?	27
How is grounded theory related to pragmatism and symbolic interactionism?	28
How is grounded theory related to ethnography?	30
How is grounded theory related to phenomenology?	31
How is grounded theory differentiated from other qualitative research methods?	31
Is grounded theory a purely qualitative approach?	32
Pilot studies in grounded theory research	33
Does literature review belong in grounded research?	33
What is "memoing" in grounded theory?	35
What is "conceptual mapping" in grounded theory?	35
Can you illustrate how grounded theory is formed?	35
Is there software for grounded theory research?	37
What is classic training for grounded theory research?	38
What is the Grounded Theory Institute?	38
Bibliography	40
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