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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An explicitly stated theme or moral or proverb seems to focus the meaning of a
story, to make it more graspable that one might hold onto it, and to place it in the
realm of a different kind of discussion and debate. At one time it was apparently ...
Once stated, this theme does not seem particularly illuminating. It seems almost
necessary in a way. After all, there would be no reason for one to strive for at-
oneness if people were united in themselves, among themselves, and with God.
Despite limits, life themes seem to have value in that they are extremely suitable
for a certain level of examination or discourse that we seem to require. ... At a
certain level of human functioning it just seems important and necessary.
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