Narrative Structures and the Catholic Church Closings in Detroit

Jeffrey C. Bridger, David R. Maines

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We distinguish narrative structures as master frames from stories as actual telling of events, and show how they operated in the case of the Catholic church closings in Detroit in the late 1980s. Narrative structures drawn from Detroit industrial history and from reform in the Catholic church were imposed on the actual events constituting the closing process, and powerfully defined the terms of public discussion and debate about the meaning of the closings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)319-340
Number of pages22
JournalQualitative Sociology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science


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