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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STORY A story , as it is restricted here , is a life drama with a beginning , a middle
, and an end . A series of interrelated stories make up a larger story , which is the
story of one ' s life . Each story is a qualitative whole , and the overall story is a ...
The bipolar dimension that bounds a story rather rigorously determines
relevance . There is no serious rival to a story . The most faithful model of life as it
is lived is a story . Nothing even approaches a story as a representation of a life ,
and that ...
story to be a story , there must be a beginning , a middle , and an end . There is a
continuous subject that is one way in the beginning and another way at the end .
What happens in the middle shows how the change was made . The beginning ...
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