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Stories About Science in Law: Literary and Historical Images of Acquired Expertise

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ISBN13: 9781409426806
Published: May 2011
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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Presenting examples of how literary accounts can provide a supplement to our understanding of science in law, this book challenges the view that law and science are completely different. It focuses on stories which explore the relationship between law and science, especially cultural images of science that prevail in legal contexts. Contrasting with other studies of the transfer and construction of expertise in legal settings, this book considers the intersection of three interdisciplinary projects: law and science, law and literature, and literature and science. Looking at the appropriation of scientific expertise into law from these perspectives, this book presents an original introduction into how we can gain insight into the use of science in the courtroom and in policy and regulatory settings through literary sources.

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General Interest
Law and literature, literature-and-science, and a hybrid law-literature-science field of study
Ramón y Cajal: hard SF for lawyers
Ibsen's An Enemy of the People: the public understanding of science in law
Idealized images of science in film: the expert witness in trial movies
'Faction': Truman Capote, legal ethics and In Cold Blood
Historical narratives: mad alchemists, experts attacking experts, and the crisis in forensic science
Conclusion: a new picture of science in law