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Crime and the Construction of Forensic Objectivity from 1850

Editors: Adam, Alison (Ed.)

  • Uses murder cases to explore forensic objectivity
  • Ties in with developing interest in crime scenes and scientific forensic analysis
  • Appeals to those interested in criminology, history, policing, forensic science and law
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About this book

This book charts the historical development of 'forensic objectivity' through an analysis of the ways in which objective knowledge of crimes, crime scenes, crime materials and criminals is achieved. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, with authors drawn from law, history, sociology and science and technology studies, this work shows how forensic objectivity is constructed through detailed crime history case studies, mainly in relation to murder, set in Scotland, England, Germany, Sweden, USA and Ireland. Starting from the mid-nineteenth century and continuing to the present day, the book argues that a number of developments were crucial. These include: the beginning of crime photography, the use of diagrams and models specially constructed for the courtroom so jurors could be ‘virtual witnesses’, probabilistic models of certainty, the professionalization of medical and scientific expert witnesses and their networks, ways of measuring, recording and developing criminal records and the role of the media, particularly newspapers in reporting on crime, criminals and legal proceedings and their part in the shaping of public opinion on crime. This essential title demonstrates the ways in which forensic objectivity has become a central concept in relation to criminal justice over a period spanning 170 years.

About the authors

Alison Adam is Professor of Science Technology and Society in the Cultural, Communication and Computing Research Institute at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. She has worked at Lancaster University, UMIST and the University of Salford as well as spending a number of years in industry prior to her academic career. Her research has been located in science and technology studies over a period of nearly forty years. 

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eBook 71,39 €
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  • Due: January 5, 2020
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Hardcover 124,79 €
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  • Due: January 5, 2020
  • ISBN 978-3-030-28836-5
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Crime and the Construction of Forensic Objectivity from 1850
Editors
  • Alison Adam
Series Title
Palgrave Histories of Policing, Punishment and Justice
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-28837-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-28837-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-28836-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 309
Number of Illustrations
10 b/w illustrations
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