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Title: Making sense of the story – the dialogues between the police and forensic laboratories in the construction of DNA evidence
Authors: Santos, Filipe 
Keywords: DNA; Police; Crime; Forensic science; Boundary work
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Project: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/FCT/SFRH/SFRH/BD/72253/2010/PT 
FCOMP-01-0124-FEDER-009231 
Serial title, monograph or event: New Genetics and Society
Volume: 33
Issue: 2
Abstract: The use of DNA technologies for criminal investigation purposes illuminates an interplay of knowledge and expertise where meaning and relevance of biological traces are negotiated. Through the analysis of five criminal cases that took place in Portugal between 1995 and 2010, and where DNA technologies were used, this article will focus on the dialogues established between the police and the forensic laboratories. I will argue that, on the one hand, the police investigators uses of DNA technologies seek to legitimate and provide an external source of neutrality and objectivity to the constructed narratives surrounding the commission of a crime. On the other hand, laboratories and forensic experts engage in the delimitation and preservation of their professional autonomy by developing boundary work around their scientific expertise through the translation and conversion of criminal traces into scientific artifacts.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10316/41838
ISSN: 1463-6778
1469-9915
Other Identifiers: 10.1080/14636778.2014.916186
DOI: 10.1080/14636778.2014.916186
Rights: openAccess
Appears in Collections:I&D CES - Artigos em Revistas Internacionais

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