Fixing Controversy, Performing Closure

in Truth Machine

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780226498065
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226498089 | DOI:
Fixing Controversy, Performing Closure

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This chapter examines the so-called administrative fixes designed to protect forensic evidence from common lines of courtroom attack. It explains the concept of closure in relation to the legal and scientific disputes about DNA typing and outlines some of the technical, legal, and administrative fixes that were used to effectively end that disputes. The chapter argues that the scientific credibility that DNA typing currently enjoys has much to do with the administration of objectivity.

Keywords: administrative fixes; forensic evidence; closure; scientific disputes; DNA typing; scientific credibility; administration of objectivity

Chapter.  12813 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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