Grounded and indigenous theories and the politics of pragmatism

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Grounded theory (GT): The writing is direct, and immediate, subversive, no big words. To wit:. The grounded theorist thinks abstractly, critically, flexibly ... Theory is the basis for social action. (Strauss and Corbin 1998:7, 9-11)The special emphasis is on how to develop theory through qualitative analysis, through codes, memos, sequences, theoretical sampling, comparative analysis, and diagrams (Strauss 1987:iii).I call here for a dialog between grounded, critical, pragmatic, and indigenous theories of social structure. I seek a form of sociological theorizing and practice that advances the goals of justice and equity. I locate my arguments in a decolonizing, post-colonial, performance space that draws inspiration from the just ended Decade of Indigenous Peoples (Denzin and Lincoln 2008). I begin with GT, arguably the most influential model of theory construction used by qualitative researchers in the social sciences today (Charmaz 2005).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)296-312
Number of pages17
JournalSociological Inquiry
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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