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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It should be taken for granted that the plot is too simple as yet , that there are
errors ( distortions , neglect , misemphasis , vagueness , and so on ) , and that
each unit of the plot requires extensive investigation . These and other
A plot is a provisional account that is anchored in actual lives as they are lived . It
is unlikely to fade away so much as be extended , refined , revised , and
deepened by those interested in the question , for plot provides a structure that
Of particular importance to plot , dramatic events seem to offer the central means
of production . Without doubt , for instance , Liddy had thought of being strong
and fearless , but a sense of strength and courage came alive in him when ...
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