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Julianne S. Oktay

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199753697

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199753697.001.0001

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Introduction to Grounded Theory and Its Potential for Social Work

Introduction to Grounded Theory and Its Potential for Social Work

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(p.3) 1 Introduction to Grounded Theory and Its Potential for Social Work
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Grounded Theory
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Julianne S. Oktay

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199753697.003.0001

This chapter provides a basic introduction to grounded theory. It begins by arguing that grounded theory is of particular value for the social work profession. It introduces three excellent grounded theory studies that will be used throughout the book to illustrate the grounded theory method, and to show how it can be used in social work and related fields. It provides some historical background on the method, emphasizing its common roots with those of the social work profession. The chapter includes an introduction to the theory of symbolic interactionism because its ideas are central to both social work and grounded theory. Finally, the chapter presents the basic characteristics and key components of the grounded theory method, and briefly discusses how it has evolved since the late 1960s, including recent developments such as constructivist and postmodern models. Several suggested exercises follow the chapter.

Keywords:   social work practice, social workers, symbolic interactionism, grounded theory method, constructivist model, postmodern model

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