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    Perversion and forensic science: fraudulent testimonies

    Salecl, Renata (2011) Perversion and forensic science: fraudulent testimonies. Social Research 78 (3), pp. 887-906. ISSN 0037-783X.

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    Abstract

    The article discusses forensic science, examining the fabrications of forensic findings by applying the theory of perversion from psychoanalysis. The author examines the use of DNA evidence and autopsies in law enforcement, examining cases of forensic tampering related to Fred Salem Zain, a police officer and serologist, Pamela Fish, a forensic expert, and Ralph Erdmann, a pathologist, all of whom gave false testimony. The author also looks at the idea of the pervert and the neurotic as discussed in the works of theorist Jacques Lacan and psychologist Sigmund Freud, the use of science to identify Sharbat Gula, a woman known from a photograph in the magazine "National Geographic," and the illusion of certainty.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Law
    Research Centre: Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics (MAMSIE)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2013 11:01
    Last Modified: 12 Dec 2016 14:33
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/6152

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