Damousi, J., Lang, B. & Sutton, K. (2015). Introduction: Case studies and the dissemination of knowledge. J. Damousi, B. Lang, K. Sutton. Case Studies and the Dissemination of Knowledge 1-12. London, United Kingdom: Routledge.
[Extract] The case study has proved of enduring interest to all Western societies, particularly in relation to questions of subjectivity and the sexed self. This volume investigates the means by which the case study genre disseminates knowledge through different publics and audiences, from patients to social reformers, from moral crusaders to literary audiences. More specifically, it interrogates how case studies have been used by doctors, lawyers, psychoanalysts, and writers to communicate their findings both within the specialist circles of their academic disciplines, and beyond, to a wider public. Such an interrogation simultaneously involves asking how case studies have been taken up by a range of audiences to refute and dispute academic knowledge. As such, this book engages with case studies as sites of interdisciplinary negotiation, transnational exchange, and influence, exploring the effects of larger historical and geopolitical forces such as war, migration, and internationalization on a genre pivotal to so many disciplinary and knowledge cultures.
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