Monthly Archives: December 2013

Step 7: Theory (or put less grandly, ideas) always precede the choosing of cases

The positivist twist in Barney Glaser and Anselm Struass’s (1967) formulation of grounded theory was to insist on the theoretically sensitive researcher with no preconceptions. This was the working out of the implications of the philosopher John Stuart Mill’s tabula … Continue reading

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Step 6: Theories about social objects refer to actual features of the real world

Joseph Maxwell (2012: 13) contends that: ‘our concepts refer to real phenomena, rather than being abstractions from sense data or purely our own constructions [… and more than this (on pg. 18), for realist researchers …] concepts, meanings and intentions … Continue reading

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