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    Archives, promises, values: forensic infrastructures in times of austerity

    Gonzalez-Polledo, E.J. and Posocco, Silvia (2021) Archives, promises, values: forensic infrastructures in times of austerity. Critique of Anthropology 41 (1), pp. 3-20. ISSN 0308-275X.

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    This article analyses the role of infrastructures in the ‘bioinformational turn’ in forensic science and examines processes through which evidence is constituted, validated, or challenged in and through domains of expertise that engage different techniques, data, objects and knowledges through infrastructural arrangements. While the digitisation of the infrastructures that underpin forensic service delivery promised connectivity, prosperity and wellbeing, in reality it also brought forward new levels of risk and vulnerability, generating new tensions and frictions in the body politic. As genetic science reaches post-archival horizons through new genetic sequencing technologies, forensic science in postarchival times raises questions concerning the differential impact of the fragmentation of analytical and archival infrastructures and increasingly asynchronous bureaucracies whose role is displaced by the relative autonomy of datasets and computational architectures that elude governance oversight and citizens’ scrutiny.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): bioinformation, infrastructures, forensic science, archives, data, austerity, England and Wales
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Silvia Posocco
    Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2020 12:00
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:56


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