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 story is constrained , as it must be , by my particular view of what a person is .
This view is summarized in the previous chapter and in more detail in my
previous book ( Cochran , 1985 ) . Essentially , personhood is attained , in my
To explain or understand Liddy ' s particular experience would not be to
understand Trollope ' s particular experience . However , both serve as
culminations of a series that have explanatory value in plot . It is important to
understand the kinds ...
A powerful particular bears a field of potential , capable of being manifested
under appropriate circumstances . ... human agency a person mediates a
synchronic structure in action , parts of the plan arising to guide action at
particular times .
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