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Grounded Theory, Feminist Theory, Critical Theory: Toward Theoretical Triangulation

Kushner, Kaysi Eastlick RN, PhD; Morrow, Raymond PhD, Professor

Critical & Postmodern Perspectives

Nursing and social science scholars have examined the compatibility between feminist and grounded theory traditions in scientific knowledge generation, concluding that they are complementary, yet not without certain tensions. This line of inquiry is extended to propose a critical feminist grounded theory methodology. The construction of symbolic interactionist, feminist, and critical feminist variants of grounded theory methodology is examined in terms of the presuppositions of each tradition and their interplay as a process of theoretical triangulation.

From the Faculty of Nursing and Perinatal Research Centre, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta (Kushner)

The Department of Sociology, University of Alberta Edmonton, Alberta (Morrow).

Supported by a University of Alberta Faculty of Nursing, Internal Research Allocation grant and a National Health Research, Development Program PhD Fellowship.

Corresponding author: Kaysi Eastlick Kushner, RN, PhD, Faculty of Nursing and Perinatal Research Centre, University of Alberta, 700 UEC, 8303-112 Street, Edmonton, AB T6G 2T4 (e-mail: kaysi.kushner@ualberta.ca).

© 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.