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A Rendezvous between Forensic Science and Criminology: Toward a Public Forensic Criminology?


Julian, R and Jendly, M, A Rendezvous between Forensic Science and Criminology: Toward a Public Forensic Criminology?, The Routledge International Handbook of Forensic Intelligence and Criminology, Routledge, Q Rossy, D Decary-Hetu, O Delemont, and M Mulone (ed), London, pp. 48-61. ISBN 9781138688216 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

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Drawing on recent critical debates on the concept of public '-ologies', this chapter discusses the potential and pitfalls of what could be considered an emerging 'public forensic criminology'. First, we discuss why and how a social and a natural science might be interested in participating in a broader public discussion about crime and justice that takes them beyond the boundaries of the academy. In doing so, we discuss what 'going public' means, what is at stake and what might be the role of forensic science and criminology in bridging the gaps between scientific productions, civil demands, policy discourses and professional experiences related to criminality. Then we describe the characteristics of the growing public 'knowledge' of these disciplines, before critically examining how a dialogue between them could contribute to a better understanding of crime-related events. While providing an empirical account of this attempt, we finally outline broader issues facing public forensic criminology and advocate for reflexivity, pluralism and an engagement with human rights along the way.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:forensic science, criminology, criminal justice
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Criminology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Justice and the law not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Julian, R (Professor Roberta Julian)
ID Code:130904
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2019-02-19
Last Modified:2019-03-05

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