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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Or like a mutation , a new form of life , a person borrows from the vast realm of
possibility and nurtures a particular composition into being , which is then put to
the test in living . Some compositions might seem overspecialized , doomed to
In short , we have the possibility of charting the development of a dramatic
composition , the way in which diverse units become one larger unit . And we
have , in general , the possibility of investigating an indefinite number of topics .
Across the vast realm of known and unknown possibilities for being , one
selectively emphasizes some to the neglect of others and some ... There is the
possibility of a terrible restriction , of a life trap , of being confined or imprisoned in
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