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Governing anticipatory technology practices. Forensic DNA phenotyping and the forensic genetics community in Europe

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Matthias Wienroth



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Routledge, 2018.

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Forensic geneticists have attempted to make the case for continued investment in forensic genetics research, despite its seemingly consolidated evidentiary role in criminal justice, by shifting the focus to technologies that can provide intelligence. Forensic DNA phenotyping (FDP) is one such emerging set of techniques, promising to infer external appearance and ancestry of an unknown person. On this example, I consider the repertoire of anticipatory practices deployed by scientists, expanding the concept to not only focus on promissory but also include epistemic and operational aspects of anticipatory work in science. I explore these practices further as part of anticipatory self-governance efforts, attending to the European forensic genetics community and its construction of FDP as a reliable and legitimate technology field for use in delivering public goods around security and justice. In this context, I consider three types of ordering devices that translate anticipatory practices into anticipatory self-governance.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Wienroth M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: New Genetics and Society

Year: 2018

Volume: 37

Issue: 2

Pages: 137-152

Online publication date: 07/05/2018

Acceptance date: 03/04/2018

Date deposited: 14/02/2018

ISSN (print): 1463-6778

ISSN (electronic): 1469-9915

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/14636778.2018.1469975


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