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Biography and turning points in Europe and America

Karla B. Hackstaff and Feiwel Kupferberg


This sociological collection advances the argument that the concepts of “biography” and "turning point" expand our understanding of life experiences from a descriptive to a deeper, more abstract level of analysis. Theoretically, the collection addresses the manifold ways that we might refine the concept of “turning point” since Anselm Strauss introduced the notion in his 1959 book, Mirrors and Masks: The Search for Identity. The book addresses the conceptual issue of what distinguishes turning points from ages, stages, and life transitions in general and raises crucial questions about the appl ... More

Keywords: turning points, biography, narrative, discursive analysis, bifurcation, life experiences, gender, ethnicity, religion, migration

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9781847428608
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847428608.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karla B. Hackstaff, editor

Feiwel Kupferberg, editor

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