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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Under the guidance of quantitative methodology, personology is simply dying. It
is a field bereft of original ideas. Its results are judged to be fruitless, futile, and
trivial. And it has been emptied of significant questions and a vital sense of
There are two basic qualitative models of relevance to person- ology. One is a
portrait of ... This chapter provides a preliminary characterization of the relation
between portrait and story and of their relevance to personology. PERSONHOOD
Use There are two major uses for models in personology. First, a model can be
used to represent a complex pattern. Models of pattern are the heart of a subject
matter, and personologists have not been very productive in this regard, ...
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