Forensic Science in Contemporary American Popular Culture: Gender, Crime, and Science

1st Edition

Lindsay Steenberg

Routledge
Published May 24, 2017
Reference - 222 Pages
ISBN 9781138118546 - CAT# Y337516
Series: Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies

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Summary

This book identifies, traces, and interrogates contemporary American culture's fascination with forensic science. It looks to the many different sites, genres, and media where the forensic has become a cultural commonplace. It turns firstly to the most visible spaces where forensic science has captured the collective imagination: crime films and television programs. In contemporary screen culture, crime is increasingly framed as an area of scientific inquiry and, even more frequently, as an area of concern for female experts. One of the central concerns of this book is the gendered nature of expert scientific knowledge, as embodied by the ubiquitous character of the female investigator. Steenberg argues that our fascination with the forensic depends on our equal fascination with (and suspicion of) women's bodies—with the bodies of the women investigating and with the bodies of the mostly female victims under investigation.

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