A Pragmatic Definition of the Concept of Theoretical Saturation

@article{Low2019APD,
  title={A Pragmatic Definition of the Concept of Theoretical Saturation},
  author={Jacqueline Low},
  journal={Sociological Focus},
  year={2019},
  volume={52},
  pages={131 - 139}
}
  • J. Low
  • Published 27 January 2019
  • Philosophy
  • Sociological Focus
ABSTRACT In this article I critically discuss the concept of theoretic saturation, first presented by Glaser and Strauss in their classic book The Discovery of Grounded Theory. Over my almost two-decade career of using, researching, and publishing on qualitative methods, I have lost count of the number of qualitative researchers that have defined saturation as an instance where “no new information” emerges from data analysis. I argue that such a definition is problematic. It provides no… 
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