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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The essence of such an enaction is the vitality of being of one's metaphor. Liddy
would bring alive the spirit of a warrior; Trollope, the spirit of a man of letters;
Burns, the being of a revolutionary; and so on. Enactions might certainly vary in
CONTEXT AND POSITION Six Crises is dominated by the elaboration of a single
metaphor: Politics is war. More generally, life (in contrast to merely existing) is a
series of battles. This metaphor governs how people, events, and things are ...
While specific elements of his elaborated position might clash, they cohere
through participation in a common theme or prototype or metaphor. As Lak- off
and Johnson (1980) illustrate, time may be viewed as a moving object that comes
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