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 person is now able to practice an enactment and does so , over and over ,
striving to escape from the negative and to approach the positive . As one
practices , some stances are threatening , and one strives to eliminate or
minimize them .
Riding to hounds was a symbolic reenactment of his life , of his drive for position
and its attainment . Nor does this staggering correspondence exhaust the topic .
Hunting was not merely a foretaste , but active practice in becoming a person he
In powerful machinery he saw both a spirit with which to practice and a reason for
practice ( that is , to make oneself into a machine ) . With his vision of a machine
the idea of practice assumed great importance . Liddy practiced running for the ...
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