The Cry for Help: Preserving Autonomy Doing GT Research

Barney G. Glaser, Ph.D., Hon Ph.D. (2016) $38.00
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ISBN: 978-1-945172-07-6

One of the precious properties of classical grounded theory (GT) is the autonomy it gives the researcher. A response to a cry for help from a novice GT researcher can take away his autonomy. It can be a strong answer by a strong senior researcher that undermines the merging theory of the novice. The novice must be careful not to yield or give away his power of autonomy for a need for help as desperate as he may feel the need. This book deals with this issue of losing and of preserving autonomy and many related issues. There are many consequences from the cry for help besides possibly losing the autonomy provided by GT. The novice gets taken over by a senior GT researcher. The novice may get no help and then turn to other methodologies or he may get wrong GT advice from a senior with some authority who does not know GT. The novice is advised of another QDA methodology which is usually that provided by and legitimated by his department.