3rd Central & Eastern European LUMEN International Conference New Approaches in Social and Humanistic Sciences- Copyright © 2017
FORMAT | Presented paper
LANGUAGE | English
HOW TO CITE| SANDU, Antonio (2017). Qualitative approaches in social research. Grounded Theory. Prezentat in cadrul 3rd Central & Eastern European LUMEN International Conference New Approaches in Social and Humanistic Sciences | CEE NASHS 3rd edition | 8-10 June 2017 | Chisinau, Moldova.
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This paper aims to make a critical analysis and bring a series of contributions to the construction of a methodological perspective entitled ―The Grounded Theory (GT)‖, as well as the directions and ways of using it in the social research. The GT, originated in Glasser and Struss‘ work aims to invert the classic logic of the social research approach, which starts from a set of hypothesis that need to be validated through means of the analysis of empirical data. Within GT, the data collected in the field are analysed based on a strategy of progressive identification and generation of semantinc categories developed by the direct analysis of data and their aggregation in a theory. The process of theoretical generation is an inductive one. The inductions are successive, until the construction of a theoretical model with high level of generality. The purpose of Grounded Theory is to generate a theory on a social phenomenon studied, and not to check an already existing theory. GT aims to anchor the social theory in the perceived reality, being sensitive to the social context. The theory derives from the experiential data, and not from previous theories. The added contribution targets the phase of generating categories and theoretical generation. Within this steps, we introduced a series of elements of social semiotics, targeting the analysis of the frequency of certain works and keyphrases, and the inter-relation between the inductively generated categories.
grounded theory, data collecting, methodology, social theory.