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`Fluid, readable and accessible ... I found the overall quality of the book to be excellent. It provides an overview of major (and preceding) developments in the field of science studies. It examines landmark works, authors, concepts and approaches ... I will certainly use this book as one of the course texts' Eileen Crist, Associate Professor, Science & Technology in Society, Virginia Tech Science is at the heart of contemporary society and is therefore central to the social sciences. Yet science studies has often encountered resistance from social scientists. This book attempts to remedy this by giving the most extensive, thorough and best argued account of the field and explaining to social scientists why science matters to them.This is a landmark book that demystifies science studies and successfully bridges the divide between social theory and the sociology of science. Illustrated with relevant, illuminating examples, it provides the ideal guide to science studies and social theory.
Chapter 10: Science in Law
Science in Law
Law and science are both empirical enterprises. At base they are concerned with establishing how matters stand, and within both institutions elaborate and detailed techniques have been devised for assessing the quality of evidence. On the face of it, scientific expertise would seem likely to be of particular benefit to the legal process. Experts would be able to throw special light on matters opaque to everyday actors, including legal professionals, about – say – matches between blood groups or the chemical identification of traces of drugs. From time to time, experts ought also to be able to introduce new kinds of information to the court, for example when ‘DNA fingerprinting’ began to be deployed in courts in the mid-1980s (Jasanoff, ...