Understanding Abstract Wonderment: The Reflections of a Novice Researcher

Damian Stoupe

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The aim of this paper is to present a novice researcher’s understanding of Glaser’s dictum to approach classical grounded theory studies with a sense of abstract wonderment. In the paper, the argument is made that far from being a preposterous concept, cultivating abstract wonderment as a form of praxis can help liberate the researcher from the bonds of preconceptions and attachments, which impede the emergence of a grounded theory. The paper reflects a personal grounded theory study arising after a crisis of confidence encountered during a formal PhD grounded theory study. It offers considerations on how to cultivate a sense of awe and abstract wonderment.
Original languageEnglish
JournalGrounded Theory Review
Issue number2
Early online date19 Dec 2016
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Dec 2016


  • abstract wonderment
  • engagement
  • cultivating awe
  • memoing
  • panic
  • communicating


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