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 two poles that bound a story stand in opposition to one another . For
example , suppose a story began with someone ' s distressing dependence ; a
type of ending is also fixed if the story is to be satisfying or unified . There is no
choice , for ...
Actually , all that is required are contrasting conditions ; but in personology ,
oppositions are required generally , for they endow ... Opposition is our primary
vehicle for identifying clear boundaries in a story and , I believe , a primary basis
for an ...
There are , of course , all sorts of oppositions in a life story ( opposing characters ,
for instance ) , but here we are concerned with one ... This vast metaphor entitles
a dramatic unit of some complexity and stands in opposition to life as peace .
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