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Conclusion: theorising turning points and decoding narratives

Feiwel Kupferberg

in Biography and turning points in Europe and America

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9781847428608
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781447307655 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847428608.003.0011
Conclusion: theorising turning points and decoding narratives

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The concluding chapter provides a theoretical overview of the different dimensions of “turning points” and its relationship to conceptual insights offered by theorists including Andrew Abbott, Howard Becker, Pierre Bourdieu, Jerome Bruner, Michel Foucault, Helen R, Fuchs-Ebaughs, Anthony Giddens, Everett Hughes and Catherine Kohler Riessman. Kupferberg creates a descriptive typology for perceiving “turning points as a heuristic tool” and illustrates his analysis with the work of authors in this anthology, including the qualitative methods reflected here. He reveals the importance of integrating the notion of “event” into our comprehension of narrative and then builds an analysis of narrative devices (e.g. the narrator/character divide, the structurating factor of time, and the myth and modes of narration), which inform his argument about the promising role of turning point in the interpretation of narrative. In sum, he provides a discussion that integrates and reveals coherence in the diverse works included here, while providing a theoretical advance in the use of turning point.

Keywords: Turning point; narrative; typology; event; structuration

Chapter.  13590 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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