Late-Stage Analysis

Julianne S. Oktay

in Grounded Theory

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199753697
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932627 | DOI:

Series: Pocket Guides to Social Work Research Methods

Late-Stage Analysis

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This chapter focuses on the process of building theory from the concepts and categories developed in open coding. It introduces and illustrates the concepts of axial coding and selective coding, the final stage of grounded theory coding. A variety of techniques to stimulate thinking in the later stages of coding, such as the use of matrices and diagrams, are illustrated. The chapter emphasizes how these techniques fit into the multistage abductive process of grounded theory. The use of these techniques is illustrated in the exemplar grounded theory social work studies. The chapter concludes with exercises that students and researchers can use to apply the material in this chapter.

Keywords: theory building; open coding; axial coding; selective coding; grounded theory

Chapter.  6533 words.  Illustrated.

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