Transformational grounded theory: theory, voice, and action

Redman-MacLaren, Michelle, and Mills, Jane (2015) Transformational grounded theory: theory, voice, and action. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 14 (3). pp. 1-12.

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Grounded theory has been evolving methodologically since Barney Glaser and Anselm Strauss first described it in the late 1960s. Initially underpinned by modernist philosophy, grounded theory has had recent turns including the adoption of both constructivism and postmodernism. This article explores ontological offerings of critical realism as a basis for transformational grounded theory informed by participatory action research and decolonizing research methodologies. The potential for both theory and action to result from this critical grounded theory methodology, which promotes greater participation and equity of power for positive change, is the transformational in transformational grounded theory.

Item ID: 39346
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1609-4069
Keywords: transformational grounded theory; participatory action research; decolonizing methodologies; cross-cultural; critical methods; theory development
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© 2015 Redman-MacLaren and Mills. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons‐Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License 4.0 International (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly attributed, not used for commercial purposes, and if transformed, the resulting work is redistributed under the same or similar license to this one.

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