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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Each story is a qualitative whole , and the overall story is a qualitative whole . The
basic organizing principle of a story is a gap between two poles . All stories begin
with an “ is ” for which there is an “ ought to be ” . Scholars have used various ...
One simply enters the circle , assessing parts to comprehend the whole and
assessing the whole to comprehend the parts . Understanding generates more
understanding until a general appreciation is reached . Murray and his
Each kind of explanation is a differentiation of a whole that provides a focus for
elaborations that can be woven back into the whole . Combined , the overall
value of these four advantages of a life plot are that they can help to refine ,
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