Global Forensic Cultures: Making Fact and Justice in the Modern Era

Ian Burney (Editor), Christopher Hamlin

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Essays in this edited collection explore forensic science in global and historical context, opening a critical window onto contemporary debates about the universal validity of present-day genomic forensic practices. Contributors address the complex and contentious histories of forensic techniques, and examine the co-evolution of these techniques with the professions creating and using them, with the systems of governance and jurisprudence in which they are used, and with the socioeconomic, political, racial, and gendered settings of that use. Exploring the profound effect of "location" (temporal and spatial) on the production and enactment of forms of forensic knowledge during the century before CSI became a household acronym, the book explores numerous related topics, including the notion of burden of proof, changing roles of experts and witnesses, the development and dissemination of forensic techniques and skills, the financial and practical constraints facing investigators, and cultures of forensics and of criminality within and against which forensic practitioners operate.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBaltimore
PublisherJohns Hopkins University Press
Number of pages356
ISBN (Print)9781421427492
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jul 2019


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