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Crime Investigation and the Creation of Collective Memory

Martin Innes

in Investigating Murder

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780199259427
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191698613 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199259427.003.0011

Series: Clarendon Studies in Criminology

Crime Investigation and the Creation of Collective Memory

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This book demonstrates that detective work is concerned with the manufacture of knowledge through the identification, interpretation, and application of information, and that crime investigation can be conceptualized as a social process. The work that detectives perform in setting out how and why they believe that the victim was killed, together with the wider social reaction to this account, can be conceptualized as being akin to constructing a form of collective memory. The emphasis placed upon the constructive agency of detectives in producing an account of a crime is not intended to negate the very real harm that is caused by homicidal acts. Rather, the focus has been upon how public, community, and individual rememberings of such past events are framed by the manufacture of knowledge undertaken by investigators.

Keywords: detective work; identification; interpretation; information; detectives; collective memory; crime; homicidal acts

Chapter.  5358 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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