Navigation Links
'Making the Case:' special double issue of Critical Inquiry
Date:9/25/2007

What makes an occurrence an interesting case, a scandalous case, an exemplary event? A groundbreaking special double issue of Critical Inquiry, named academes most prestigious theory journal by the New York Times, looks at the case the standard unit in law, medicine, psychoanalysis, the humanities, the sciences, and popular culture. What makes a case ordinary, easily dealt with, or forgettable? What makes some cases, and not others, challenges to the way ordinary life or institutional systems usually proceed?

"Scandalous cases often organize debate in popular culture," says guest editor Lauren Berlant (University of Chicago). But how do we learn to use our judgment to discern what makes a case challenging to our usual sense of how things work? For example, is the recent emergence of the case of torture in U.S. political life an exception that ought to transform politics, ethics, and law? Or is there a story that makes it ordinary? Is the obesity epidemic a case of medical and insurance systems in disarray? A case of mass irresponsibility? Or a disease of workers who have no time to rest, except when they're eating? How have novels, poems, paintings, and films changed the ways we recognize a case as historically significant? Why do we not care when people sell hair or blood, but (often) reject a market in other body parts?

Not all cases are scandalous. The case is used in many different ways: to frame an instance (a crime, perhaps), to make an argument (documentary film), and to organize singularities into exemplary, intelligible patterns, as Berlant writes in her introduction. Case studies identify the principles from which we cull conclusions about norms and their violation. Berlant writes: When an event occurs out of which a case is constructed, it represents a situation in which people are compelled to take its history, seek out precedent, write down its narratives, adjudicate claims about it, make a judgment, and file it somewhere.

She continues: Sometimes, though, an event more than perturbs; it disturbs, creates a louder noise that opens up a field of debate about expertise, modes of description, narration, evaluation, argument, and judgment.

The first volume of the double issue Making the Case examines professional practices and conventions, their histories and what they mean for how we organize knowledge, justice, and care. The second volume, Missing Persons forthcoming in Fall 2007 looks at the ways kinds of people are used as examples of things. For example, why do we assume the close-up increases what we know about someone rather than weirdly twists or distorts it? What if the history of the working class looked at servants and not industrial workers? What does a disrupted personality type such as in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder tell us about the ways we think of ordinary personality? Together these two issues offer a compelling introduction to an important emerging field of inquiry.

This is why the topic of the case matters: the conventions of the case, of the fate of singularity in exemplifying narratives and expert commentary, are honed by debates about consensus sensibility, Berlant writes. Any time is a good time for some reflection on that.

Making the Case: Summer 2007

Peter Goodrich The New Casuistry

Diana Taylor Double Blind: The Torture Case

Nasser Hussain Beyond Norm and Exception: Guantnamo

Lauren Berlant Slow Death (Sovereignty, Obesity, Lateral Agency

Claire Pentecost Appetites/Sovereignty

John Forrester On Kuhns Case: Psychoanalysis and Paradigm

Jessica Dubow Case Interrupted: Benjamin, Sebald, and the Dialectical Image

James Chandler The Face of the Case: Conrad, Lord Jim, and the Sentimental Novel

Christopher Nealon The Poetic Case

Missing Persons: Fall 2007

Candace Vogler The Moral of the Story

Carolyn Steedman A Boiling Copper and Some Arsenic: Servants, Childcare, and Class Consciousness in Late Eighteenth-Century England

Ian Hacking Our Neo-Cartesian Bodies in Parts

Jennifer L. Fleissner Obsessional Modernity: The Institutionalization of Doubt

Richard Neer Godard Counts

Carlo Ginzburg Minutiae, Close-up, Microanalysis

Rebecca Zorach Love, Truth, Orthodoxy, Reticence; or, What EdgarWind Didnt See in Botticellis Primavera


'/>"/>

Contact: Suzanne Wu
swu@press.uchicago.edu
209-608-2038
University of Chicago Press Journals
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Making operation and recovery time shorter
2. Decision making made easier
3. Decision making made easier
4. Hyderabad To Have Asia’s First Catheter Making Uni
5. Making Fortification Mandatory In Order To Reduce Birth Defects
6. Making MRIs Safe for Patients With Implantable Heart Devices
7. Shared decision making in health care not beneficial to patient
8. Novel Study Unravels a New Dimension to Decision Making
9. Expert panel confident of making AIIMS fully autonomous
10. Distinct Brain Sections Are Activated While Making Risky Decisions
11. Sexy Images and Lingerie Challenge A Man’s Decision Making Skill
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... 24, 2017 , ... Mlynarek Insurance Agencies, a Detroit area ... owners across eastern Michigan, is connecting with the Oxford/Orion FISH Food Pantry for ... The Oxford/Orion FISH Food Pantry works to ensure homeless, hungry, and underprivileged families ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... ... that they are now offering treatments for sleep apnea and TMJ at their ... Sleep apnea , specifically the obstructive type, is increasingly being treated at ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Gastro Health (“GH”) ( http://www.gastrohealth.com ) ... colonoscopy at the HyGIeaCare® Center that is to be located adjacent to the ... The HyGIeaCare® Prep, cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), will ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... “End Time GPS”: a dauntless and enlightened ... “End Time GPS” is the creation of published author, Wesley Gerboth, a World War ... munitions and space-vehicle projects. Now, at age ninety-one, he shares the Wisdom God bestowed ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... NC & Seattle, WA (PRWEB) , ... March 23, 2017 , ... ... public health emergency and now estimates that there could be four million Zika-related cases ... growing epidemics to date with numbers of US cases reported per year skyrocketing to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/24/2017)... , March 23, 2017  Provectus Biopharmaceuticals, ... the "Company"), a clinical-stage oncology and dermatology biopharmaceutical ... Definitive Financing Commitment Term Sheet (the "Definitive Financing") ... group of the Company,s stockholders, who are referred ... in a Form 8-K filed with the Securities ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... The key factors driving the growth ... accelerating economic growth and increasing healthcare expenditure. Some of the ... expectancy of ESRD patients, rising demand for home PD treatment ... of the market is hindered by high treatment costs and ... ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... 23, 2017 As a result of ... the prevalence of allergic diseases, cutting edge developments ... revolutionising the ways in which pharmaceutical and biotech ... promises to be both a high quality meeting ... interest groups, immunologists, research scholars and doctors. The ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: