Australian biocivic concerns and governance of forensic DNA technologies: confronting technocracy

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Title Australian biocivic concerns and governance of forensic DNA technologies: confronting technocracy
Author Hindmarsh, Richard Alan
Journal Name New Genetics and Society
Editor Peter Glasner
Year Published 2008
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Abstract The creation of forensic DNA databases and the uses of DNA profiling for criminal investigation are significant fields for life sciences governance. Despite the pressing need for civic input on the human rights and privacy issues associated with rapid expansion of forensic databases, there have been limited opportunities for citizens to debate these issues. Against the global expansion of these technologies, this paper investigates the case of Australia through attention to media coverage and policy analysis. Three key narratives about forensic DNA appear to dominate news media over the past decade: the narratives of DNA database implementation, biocivility, and persuasion, with the latter directed at consolidating support for a particular point of view. With investigation indicating that a technocratic approach to DNA forensics characterizes Australian policy, overseas developments, especially UK civic trajectories, are considered and the case made for overarching institutional participatory approaches in this field.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2008 Taylor & Francis. Please refer to the journal link for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 27
Issue Number 3
Edition September 2008
Page from 267
Page to 284
ISSN 1463-6778
Date Accessioned 2008-09-15
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Governance and Public Policy
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject PRE2009-Other Policy and Political Science
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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