(In fairness to Gilgun, her primary concern is with one particular qualitative method
- grounded theory [Glaser & Strauss, 1967]).
Her topics include theoretical perspectives and cultural historical activity theory, the qualitative method
: its historical and theoretical roots and characteristics, qualitative research approaches and analysis, analyzing the data material using the constant comparative analysis method and D-analysis, and writing up the research project.
Grounded theory is a qualitative method
used to identify the "main concerns of subjects and the behaviors they use to resolve their main concerns" (Artinian, 2009, p.
On the other hand, the few health professionals who concentrate on the qualitative method
are often criticized for the superficiality with which they address the social reality and for their inability to debate empirical data and apply theory in a consistent and in-depth manner.
Considering the academic landscape of the last century, we could ask why future psychologists should be taught any qualitative method
. Michell (2012) attributes the contempt psychometricians feel for qualitative methods
to the horror caused by the plausibility of the existence of non-quantitative psychological attributes, as if it were reality itself that excluded this possibility.
There are just too many qualitative method
clusters and too many canonical issues to permit detailed matching of every method cluster to every canonical issue in an article of this length.
The predominant use of qualitative methods
was even greater in bachelor's and master's level theses (Tables 3 and 4).
Therefore, the book serves two complementary purposes; it provides a readable overview of debates on qualitative methods
and also provides a practical guide to doing qualitative research.
Gillian Symon and Catharine Cassell (eds.): Qualitative Methods
and Analysis in Organizational Research: A Practical Guide
She might even have been hired to teach feminist theory and qualitative methods
and told by those not sharing her perspective (either feminism or qualitative methods
) that she was indeed welcome.