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Forensic criminology

Author: Andy Williams
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge, 2015.
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"This text provides an examination of the aetiological development of forensic criminology within the UK. It links the subjects of scientific criminology, criminal investigations, crime scene investigation, forensic science and the legal system, and provides an introduction to the important processes that take place from crime scene to courtroom. These processes help identify, define and label the 'criminal' and are  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Williams, Andy.
Forensic Criminology.
Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, ©2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Andy Williams
ISBN: 9781136233999 1136233997 1322232156 9781322232157
OCLC Number: 894171553
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. Introduction --
A brave old world --
The goal of this book --
Defining forensic criminology --
A case for forensic criminology --
Outline of the book --
pt. 1 The historical and epistemological backdrop --
2. Constructed knowledge and the philosophy of science --
Introduction --
The importance of history --
Definitional parameters --
Knowledge as reification --
A brief history of the development of scientific knowledge --
The naming of names and the creation of natural kinds --
Methods of reasoning: induction, deduction or a third way? --
Academic disciplines and paradigms --
Summary --
3. The beginnings of scientific criminology --
Introduction --
Micro-contextual developments --
The birth of scientific criminology --
Inventing the criminal --
Summary --
4. The beginnings of forensic investigation --
Introduction --
Early forensics --
the washing away of wrongs --
The development of modern forensic investigations. Note continued: Identifying and measuring criminals --
The reimagining of corpuscularianism --
the advent of trace evidence --
Summary --
5. The beginnings of criminal investigation --
Introduction --
A social history of policing --
Early forms of investigation --
The pre-police --
The development of the modern police and criminal investigations --
Integrating science within criminal investigations --
Summary --
pt. 2 Contemporary forensic investigations --
6. Investigating crime --
Introduction --
Creating modern criminal investigations --
What do the police actually do? --
Understanding criminal investigations --
Structural and organisational issues --
Professionalising the investigative process --
Summary --
7. Information, material and evidence --
Introduction --
Drivers for bureaucratic change --
Case (re)construction --
The different forms of information --
The efficacy of evidence --
Types of evidence --
Trace evidence --
Exchange evidence dynamics. Note continued: Crime reconstruction classifications of evidence --
Summary --
8. Crime analysis and crime mapping --
Introduction --
Definitional parameters --
The development of crime analysis and crime mapping --
Theoretical foundations --
Crime analysis and mapping concepts and processes --
Summary --
9. Scientific support and crime scene examination --
Introduction --
Definitions, roles and structures --
National standards, forensic strategies and submissions --
The components of crime scene examination --
Processing the scene --
Summary --
pt. 3 Failsafe forensics --
10. Forensic science and detection methods --
Introduction --
Forensic science in the UK --
The scientist v. the police technician --
A case assessment model --
Structures for analysis --
Analysis and detection methods --
Identification and individualisation --
Summary --
11. Forensics on trial --
Introduction --
Science and the legal system --
Legal types of evidence --
Scientific experts. Note continued: Scientific reasoning in court --
Hierarchy of issues and propositions --
Summary and future directions.
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"This text provides an examination of the aetiological development of forensic criminology within the UK. It links the subjects of scientific criminology, criminal investigations, crime scene investigation, forensic science and the legal system, and provides an introduction to the important processes that take place from crime scene to courtroom. These processes help identify, define and label the 'criminal' and are crucial for understanding any form of crime within society. The book includes sections on: the epistemological and ontological philosophies of the natural sciences, the birth of scientific criminology and its search for the criminal 'body', the development of early forms of forensic science and crime scene investigation, investigating crime, information, material and evidence, crime analysis and crime mapping, scientific support and crime scene examination, forensic science and detection methods and forensics in the courtroom. The text consists of a mix of historical research and contemporary criminal justice process chapters that provide an introduction to the most common forensic practices, procedures and uses that enable the identification and successful prosecution of criminals. Forensic Criminology provides a framework for understanding the varieties of information work that exist within current criminal justice practice. Forensic Criminology will be essential for students of criminology, criminal justice, criminal investigations and crime science. It will also be useful to those criminal justice practitioners wishing to gain a more in-depth understanding of the links between criminology, criminal investigations and forensics techniques."--

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