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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DRAMATIC UNITS We experience life in narrative or dramatic units with a
beginning , a middle , and an end . That is ... A dramatic unit is indifferent to
length ; it might encompass a life story as well as a quenching of one ' s thirst on
a hot day .
With more endurance a metaphor becomes a vision of life , a dramatic unit posed
on a monumental scale . The next two points require some background . People
develop a diverse spread of dramatic units and , consequently , a variety of ...
units . As in evolution , too much specialization leads to a dead end . For a
collection of units to cohere into a dramatic composition there is good reason to
suppose that this fitting is made possible by the regnancy of one , for it offers a
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