Portrait and Story: Dramaturgical Approaches to the Study of Persons
Greenwood Press, 1986 - 203 Seiten
Seeking to restore a holistic approach to the study of the person, Professor Cochran explores and refines an innovative method of analysis based on the use of dramaturgical concepts. The author's approach reflects a dissatisfaction, shared by many in the field of personology, with the fragmented view of the person that typically emerges from quantitative, statistically based studies. His own method offers alternative ways of conducting research based upon two units. The first is story, a completed action or drama with a beginning, middle, and end. The other is position, a way of being or an emotional or existential condition. Showing these to be natural units of human experience, the author demonstrates, through a series of illustrative investigations, how they may be applied to research. Among the topics covered are the life plot, or the means by which a person comes into being, the meaning of significant action, how actions in a person's life form a theme with variations over time, and the integration of character and story. The author also discusses different life themes and their significance, and he tests the validity of dramatic principles as means of reality construction.
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Then he learned that good writing reflected character , and to be a novelist was to
achieve a certain kind of character . Here we take a decisive turn from writing as
merely a means to writing as an end in itself , for in doing it one enacts a way of ...
Peace is a condition of society that gives character full scope to rise and fall on its
own merit . Each individual would have the freedom to put himself or herself to
the test of competition in pursuing goals that make life meaningful . Character
For example , could we give sense to a distinction between impoverished and
enriched rites of passage in lives ? Also striking is that the discernment of what is
real is always linked to one ' s character in the life histories studied for this work .
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