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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There is no trustworthiness to power in adverse circumstances without the
certainty of one ' s will to endure , to stand ... Here Liddy stands alone against all
the nightmares of this world , with only his will to endure , to rise above and
story , and stands as a part of that story , but is that story in miniature . In that
moment Liddy was fully oriented , fully in position , and filled with vitality . Still
more broadly , Liddy was enacting a timeless drama , common to brave men in
all ages ...
To stand for ideals and to attempt to forward them practically through policies and
decisions is to make enemies , who will attack when they can . To be attacked for
the ideals one stands for is a form of selflessness . In this way , a crisis is kept ...
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