Storylines, Causes, and the Locus of Interventions

  • John W. Murphy
  • Berkeley A. Franz
  • Jung Min Choi
  • Karen A. Callaghan


A key implication of storylines is that reality is never simply encountered. No aspect of social life, in fact, escapes from language and the accompanying interpretations. As a result, behavior and events are uncertain, until their meaning is constructed. Facts, in this regard, are interpersonally developed, due to their dependence on human action (Pollner 1991). But how life in a community is interpreted is something that often defies prediction.


Storylines Causality Determinism Reason Biography Explanatory models 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John W. Murphy
    • 1
  • Berkeley A. Franz
    • 2
  • Jung Min Choi
    • 3
  • Karen A. Callaghan
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of MiamiCoral GablesUSA
  2. 2.Department of Social MedicineOhio University Heritage College of Osteopathic MedicineAthensUSA
  3. 3.Department of SociologySan Diego State UniversitySan DiegoUSA
  4. 4.Dean, College of Arts & SciencesBarry UniversityMiami ShoresUSA

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