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Biography and turning points in Europe and America$
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Karla B. Hackstaff and Feiwel Kupferberg

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428608

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428608.001.0001

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Conclusion: theorising turning points and decoding narratives

Conclusion: theorising turning points and decoding narratives

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(p.227) Ten Conclusion: theorising turning points and decoding narratives
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Biography and turning points in Europe and America
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Feiwel Kupferberg

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847428608.003.0011

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

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