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Producing Absolute Truth: CSI Science as Wishful Thinking
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. (Tema Teknik och social förändring)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2280-6825
2010 (English)In: American Anthropologist, ISSN 0002-7294, E-ISSN 1548-1433, Vol. 112, no 1, 79-91 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Forensic science has come to be assigned an important role in contemporary crime fiction. In this article, I analyze the cultural repertoire of forensic science conveyed by the popular television show Crime Scene Investigation (CSI). I argue that CSI science, in delivering an absolute "truth" about how and by whom crimes have been committed, is equated with justice, effectively superseding nonfictional forensic science as well as nonfictional judicature as a whole. Thus, CSI as a cultural performance adds to the mediascape a repertoire of wishful-thinking science with which to think about perceptions of and desires for crime and justice in nonfictional society. This repertoire seems to be considered relevant enough to nonfictional society to cause concern about the judicial system, as expressed in discussions of the so-called "CSI effect.".

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2010. Vol. 112, no 1, 79-91 p.
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popular culture, television, forensic science, cultural repertoire, mediascapes
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Social Anthropology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-58834DOI: 10.1111/j.1548-1433.2009.01198.xISI: 000274905200008OAI: diva2:345906
Available from: 2010-08-27 Created: 2010-08-27 Last updated: 2016-05-04

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