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Forensic Genetics in the Governance of Crime

  • Offers an in-depth analysis of the societal issues that frame the use of genetic technologies in the governance of crime in contemporary societies

  • Unique contribution to research, teaching and advanced training in sociology and criminology, which will also appeal to students of anthropology, law, science and technology studies (STS), police studies and international relations

  • Provides a comprehensive introduction for students to social theory and research methods related to the role and presence of science and genetic technologies in the governance of criminality

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Table of contents (8 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

    • Helena Machado, Rafaela Granja
    Pages 1-12Open Access
  3. The Sociological Gaze

    • Helena Machado, Rafaela Granja
    Pages 13-31Open Access
  4. Biological Explanations of Criminal Behaviour

    • Helena Machado, Rafaela Granja
    Pages 33-44Open Access
  5. DNA Technologies in Criminal Investigation and Courts

    • Helena Machado, Rafaela Granja
    Pages 45-56Open Access
  6. DNA Databases and Big Data

    • Helena Machado, Rafaela Granja
    Pages 57-70Open Access
  7. Forensic Genetics and Governance of Transnational Criminality

    • Helena Machado, Rafaela Granja
    Pages 71-84Open Access
  8. Emerging DNA Technologies and Stigmatization

    • Helena Machado, Rafaela Granja
    Pages 85-104Open Access
  9. Conclusion

    • Helena Machado, Rafaela Granja
    Pages 105-112Open Access
  10. Back Matter

    Pages 113-114

About this book

This open access book uses a critical sociological perspective to explore contemporary ways of reformulating the governance of crime through genetics. Through the lens of scientific knowledge and genetic technology, Machado and Granja offer a unique perspective on current trends in crime governance. They explore the place and role of genetics in criminal justice systems, and show how classical and contemporary social theory can help address challenges posed by social processes and interactions generated by the uses, meanings, and expectations attributed to genetics in the governance of crime. Cutting-edge methods and research techniques are also integrated to address crucial aspects of this social reality. Finally, the authors examine new challenges emerging from recent paradigm shifts within forensic genetics, moving away from the construction of evidence as presented in court to the production of intelligence guiding criminal investigations.

Keywords

  • governance of crime
  • genetics
  • DNA technologies
  • genes and environment
  • forensic genetics
  • Open Access

Reviews

β€‹β€˜In this engaging book, Machado and Granja provide a clear method of assessing forensic genetics and the applications of forensic DNA testing technologies, through a sociological lens. This book will be invaluable reading for many years to come, for anyone interested in the critical assessment of forensic genetics.’ (Dr Carole McCartney, Professor of Law and Criminal Justice, Northumbria University)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Communication and Society Research Centre (CECS), University of Minho, Braga, Portugal

    Helena Machado, Rafaela Granja

About the authors

Helena Machado is Full Professor of Sociology at the University of Minho. She develops research of transdisciplinary nature, engaging the social studies of science, bioethics, and sociological and criminological perspectives to explore how genetics creates acute challenges to citizenship, democracy and social control in contemporary societies. In 2015, Machado was awarded a Consolidation Grant from the European Research Council.


Rafaela Granja, PhD, University of Minho, is a sociologist working in the project EXCHANGE, funded by European Research Council and led by Helena Machado. Her current research explores the transnational exchange of DNA data and controversies associated with scientific and technological innovations in the forensic field. Her previous work has focused on reconfigurations of family relationships inside and outside prisons.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Forensic Genetics in the Governance of Crime

  • Authors: Helena Machado, Rafaela Granja

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-2429-5

  • Publisher: Palgrave Pivot Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2020

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-15-2428-8Published: 29 January 2020

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-15-2429-5Published: 28 January 2020

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: IX, 114

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Science and Technology Studies, Criminology and Criminal Justice, general

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Hardcover Book USD 59.99
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