CASE STUDIES AND THE DISSEMINATION OF KNOWLEDGE

Erna Oliver
2016 Journal Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae  
This is a part of the Routledge series on studies in cultural history and it focuses on a practice that many academics use in their research, namely the case study. The authors argue that the case study genre is theorised only within isolated subject fields and that this research method has risen to prominence during times of change or epistemological uncertainty (p. 2). Traditionally, in Western culture, case studies have been used by lawyers, theologians and doctors since 1850. It is also the
more » ... 850. It is also the foundation on which writers build their storylines for drama, suspense or detective novels. Case studies clearly influence both public and academic life: The first part of the publication focuses on the forces that shape case studies, such as power structures, technology, typology and traditions. The book starts with the development of hospital case studies, where this genre originated, and moves on to the second chapter that compares Freud and Milgram with each other, while the next chapter comments on the work of Wulffen, a criminologist and sexologist. The last chapter in this section of the book also focuses on a German in the person of the feminist Käthe Schirmacher who, according to Johanna Gehmacher, made herself into a case in order to promote her opinion and point of view.
doi:10.25159/2412-4265/811 fatcat:zzr7qzpbqjfd3cr3tu722turhq