Methods of Text and Discourse Analysis provides the most comprehensive overview currently available of linguistic and sociological approaches to text and discourse analysis. Among the 10 linguistic and sociological models surveyed in this book some of the more important are Grounded Theory, Content Analysis, Conversation Analysis and Critical Discourse Analysis. The book presents each approach according to a standardised format, which allows for direct systematic comparisons. The fully annotated lists of sources provide readers with an additional means of evaluation of the competing analytical methods. Interdisciplinary and international in its aim, Methods of Text and Discourse Analysis suggests the benefits both linguists and sociologists will derive from a more intimate knowledge of each others' methods and procedures. By enabling readers to compare, contrast and apply a range of methods and approaches this book will be an essential resource for both students and researchers.
Chapter 6: Grounded Theory
Our own bibliometrical (see Chapter 15) and other findings (see Coffey et al. 1996, Lee & Fielding 1996) would suggest that grounded theory is the most prominent among the so-called ‘qualitative’ approaches to data analysis. This does not necessarily mean that the methodologies developed by Anselm Strauss and Barney Glaser are used to any great extent: ‘When qualitative researchers are challenged to describe their approach, reference to ‘grounded theory’ has the highest recognition value’ (Lee & Fielding 1996: 3.1).
One of the roots of grounded theory (hereafter GT) is American pragmatism, and in particular the work of John Dewey, ‘including its emphases on action and the problematic situation, and the necessity for conceiving of method in the context of problem solving’ (Strauss ...