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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A stance requires the actualization of a direction for completion . A stance and its
implicit direction exist within a context that gives the stance meaning . To be a
reformer requires a world view or symbolic context that gives it a point .
Third , plot requires a study of lives , which is a voyage of discovery . The
investigation is open , and one is stuck with what is found . One might dismiss a
finding as false reporting , but one is dismissing a finding rather than missing
To engage in warfare , to carry on the struggle , simply to act under the vision of
battle requires that one make divisions and have an enemy . Acts require a clear
enough situation to act in ; and if the battle vision is the vehicle of definition ...
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