Acts of Meaning by Jerome Bruner

By Jerome Bruner

Jerome Bruner argues that the cognitive revolution, with its present fixation on brain as "information processor;" has led psychology clear of the deeper target of realizing brain as a writer of meanings. merely through breaking out of the restrictions imposed through a computational version of brain will we take hold of the precise interplay wherein brain either constitutes and is constituted via culture.

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Rich, detailed data give you explicit materials with which to work. When I ask for rich, detailed data, I ask for full or 'thick' (Geertz, 1973) written descriptions of events observed by researchers, extensive accounts of personal experience from respondents and records that provide narratives of experience (such as transcribed tapes of therapy sessions). Participant observers' field notes, interviewers' transcriptions, patient autobiographies, student journals, may all produce rich, detailed data.

Most importantly from a grounded theory perspective, initial codes help you to break the data into categories and begin to see processes. Line-by­ line coding frees you from 'going native', or from becoming so immersed in your respondent's categories or worldview that you fail to look at your data critically and analytically. Being critical about your data does not necessarily mean that you are critical of your research participants. Instead, being critical forces you to ask yourself questions about your data.

Levels of abstraction are built directly upon the data and are checked and refined by gathering further data (cf. Glaser, 1 978; Glaser and Strauss, 1 967; Henwood and Pidgeon, 1 992; Strauss, 1 987). In this way, grounded theory studies yield dense conceptual analyses of empirical problems and worlds. For what kinds of research questions are grounded theory methods appropriate? Barney G. Glaser and Anselm L. ' Grounded theory methods are suitable for studying individual processes, interpersonal relations and GROUNDED THEORY 29 the reciprocal effects between individuals and larger social processes.

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