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    Forensic apophenia: sensing the bioinformation archive

    EJ, Gonzalez-Polledo and Silvia, Posocco (2022) Forensic apophenia: sensing the bioinformation archive. Anthropological Quarterly 95 (1), pp. 97-123. ISSN 0003-5491.

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    This article draws on intersecting debates on archives, infrastructures and knowledge in anthropology to analyse a ‘bioinformational turn’ in forensic science. Focussing on transformations in forensic science provision in England and Wales apparent in the history of a forensic archive, the article frames frictions between ways of making knowledge across scientific cultures, law enforcement, and a legal system that aims to create facts and certainty, against forensic scientists’ concern with process and context across disparate realms of practice. Following scientists’ descriptions of the changing conditions under which forensic science is currently practiced and the erosion of forensic provision as a public service, we argue that forensic practitioners interrogate positivist projections of forensic science by thinking with complexity as they follow evidence through multiple registers, infrastructures and datasets.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Biomaterials, bioinformation, archives, relations, forensics, truth, facts
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Silvia Posocco
    Date Deposited: 11 May 2021 14:12
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:09


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