Qualitative research is growing in Asia and globally. In an Asian context, this requires an awareness of a completely different set of norms, practices, and expectations than those covered by books from a western perspective. This handbook truly celebrates these differences. Spanning the full research process, from philosophy and ethics to design and methods and through data collection, management, analysis, and dissemination, it focuses specifically on the practicalities needed to conduct effective and culturally responsive research in the Asian context. This handbook extends beyond researchers actually in Asia and also speaks to researchers working with Asian participants, researching in Asian immigrant neighbourhoods, and studying the larger global topics like socioeconomic challenges, climate change, or technological advancement. This is the first book to focus specifically on qualitative research in the Asian context and includes diverse contributors from Asia such as the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, India, Oman, China, South Korea, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Hong Kong, and from other continents such as North America, South America, Africa, Europe, and Oceania. Section 1: Foundations of Qualitative Research in Asia; Section 2: Qualitative Research Designs; Section 3: Best Practices in Dealing with Qualitative Research Data; and Section 4: Other Qualitative Research Topics.
This chapter aims to introduce and help the reader to navigate the basics of grounded theory, with examples coming from grounded theory studies in Asia. We discuss the fundamentals of grounded theory, which include its historical background, philosophical foundations, and the types of questions that a grounded theory study can help to answer. Furthermore, variants of grounded theory, distinctive features of a grounded theory, data sources, how one could analyze data, ethical considerations, and major strengths and criticisms are included in this discussion. The chapter concludes with the contention that there is still a great deal still to be discovered in many fields using grounded theory – ...