Critical realism: the case study and the problem of singularity

Across the disciplines, scholars have turned to critical realism, a philosophy of social science that works against the grain of both positivism and social constructivism, to show how the case study can offer robust explanatory, causal accounts.

  • Mon 27 Nov 17

    17:00 - 18:30

  • Colchester Campus

    TC2.8 & TC2.9

  • Event speaker

    Dr Jeffrey Longhofer

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars

  • Event organiser

    Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Department of

  • Contact details

    Debbie Stewart

In this talk, Dr Jeffrey Longhofer will explore how with critical realism case study research can be grounded in fundamentally different epistemological assumptions

He will deepen the critical realist understanding of the case study by considering  Bernard Lahire’s work on singularity.


Jeffrey Longhofer, Ph.D., Associate Professor of social work at Rutgers University, holds graduate degrees in anthropology and social work and is supervising analyst in New Jersey. He was trained at Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center and the Hanna Perkins Center (Cleveland, OH). He has five books: 

  • Columbia University Press (2010): On Having and Being a Case Manager: A Relational Method for Recovery
  • Oxford University Press (2013), Qualitative Methods for Practice;
  • Palgrave MacMillan (2015), A to Z for Psychodynamic Practice
  • Routledge Press: The Social Work and K-12 Schools Casebook (2017) 
  • Routledge Press: The Social Work and Sexual Trauma Case Book: Phenomenological Perspectives (forthcoming).

Entry is free and open to all, please register online

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