This book addresses a significant gap in the literature and provides a comprehensive overview of the sociology of forensic science. Drawing on a wealth of international research and case studies, this book explores the intersection of science, technology, law and society and examines the production of forensic knowledge.
This book explores a range of key topics such as:
The integration of science into police work and criminal investigation,
The relationship between law and science,
Ethical and social issues raised by new forensic technology including DNA analysis,
Media portrayals of forensic science,
Forensic policy and the international agenda for forensic science.
This book is important and compelling reading for students taking a range of courses, including criminal investigation, policing, forensic science, and the sociology of science and technology.
Christopher Lawless is a Lecturer in the School of Applied Social Sciences at Durham University.
1. Introduction: Understanding forensic science through social research 2. Forensics in the Media: Representations and `realities' 3. Shaping Forensic Science as Discipline and Profession 4. Evaluating and Organizing Forensic Science and Practice 5. Reconstructing a Reconstructive Science: Probability and Performativity in Forensic Investigation 6. Law- Science interactions and new technology 7. Forensic Technology, Ethics and Society 8. Pathways of Forensic Innovation 9. The Possible Future Relations between Forensic Science and Social Research