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

Julian, R ORCID: 0000-0003-0634-2055 and Jendly, M 2018 , 'A Rendezvous between Forensic Science and Criminology: Toward a Public Forensic Criminology?', in Q Rossy and D Décary-Hétu and O Delémont and M Mulone (eds.), The Routledge International Handbook of Forensic Intelligence and Criminology , Routledge, London, pp. 48-61.

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Abstract

Drawing on recent critical debates on the concept of public '-ologies', this chapter discusses thepotential 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 participatingin a broader public discussion about crime and justice that takes them beyond the boundaries ofthe academy. In doing so, we discuss what 'going public' means, what is at stake and what mightbe the role of forensic science and criminology in bridging the gaps between scientificproductions, 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 betterunderstanding 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.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Julian, R and Jendly, M
Keywords: forensic science, criminology, criminal justice
Publisher: Routledge
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