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Title: Popular press and forensic genetics in Portugal: Expectations and disappointments regarding two cases of missing children
Authors: Machado, Helena 
Santos, Filipe 
Keywords: Forensic science; Media representations; Popular press; Popularization of science; Representations of science; Science and popular culture
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: SAGE
Project: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/FCT/5876-PPCDTI/67021/PT 
Serial title, monograph or event: Public Understanding of Science
Volume: 20
Issue: 3
Abstract: Two cases of missing children in Portugal (Joana and Maddie) have recently highlighted the dilemmas and contingencies associated with the technology of "genetic fingerprinting" for forensic purposes in the context of criminal investigations. The purpose of this article is to analyze the popular press's discourses and representations around forensic genetics in the context of those two highly mediatized criminal investigation cases. The symbolical construction and representation of forensic genetics by the media presents a form of public exposure to beliefs on forensic genetics' characteristics and potential. These are blended with popular cultural contexts that are constructed with reference to images of a super-science which may carry consequences in the public understanding of forensic science. The media coverage of both cases and their actual disclosure resembles the patterns ofa CSI effect, insofar as real science's capabilities and limitations are placed against fictionalized representations of forensic science.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10316/41854
ISSN: 0963-6625
1361-6609
Other Identifiers: 10.1177/0963662509336710
DOI: 10.1177/0963662509336710
Rights: openAccess
Appears in Collections:I&D CES - Artigos em Revistas Internacionais

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