Witnessing for Sociology: Sociologists in Court / Edition 1

Witnessing for Sociology: Sociologists in Court / Edition 1

by Pamela J. Jenkins, J.S. Kroll-Smith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275948528

ISBN-13: 9780275948528

Pub. Date: 06/30/1996

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated

The American court system is making increasing use of sociologists as expert witnesses. From toxic torts to religious cults and brainwashing, sociological knowledge is becoming increasingly more commonplace in the legal arena. This edited volume is a collection of the experiences of sociologists who have appeared as expert witnesses in a variety of court cases.

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Overview

The American court system is making increasing use of sociologists as expert witnesses. From toxic torts to religious cults and brainwashing, sociological knowledge is becoming increasingly more commonplace in the legal arena. This edited volume is a collection of the experiences of sociologists who have appeared as expert witnesses in a variety of court cases. Many of the cases covered in this book revolve around central issues of murder, self-defense, religious cults, battered women, child pornography, environmentalism, and homelessness. This volume is unique in its breadth of topics and contributions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275948528
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/30/1996
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)
Lexile:
1430L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Marvin E. Wolfgang

Old Stories, New Audiences: Sociological Knowledge in Courts by Steve Kroll-Smith and Pamela J. Jenkins

The Numbers Game

"We Don't Deal in Probabilities Here:" Tales of a Quantitative Sociologist in Court by Joseph E. Jacoby

Shadowboxing with Mark Twain: Self Defense of the Statistical Expert by William E. Feinberg

Humanizing the Defendant

Sociology and Capital Murder: A Question of Life or Death by Craig J. Forsyth

When Murder May Be Suicide and "Yes" Means "I Heard You": The Sociologist as Cultural Interpreter by Patricia G. Steinhoff

Contested Knowledge: Battered Women as Agents and Victims by Pamela J. Jenkins

Sociology, Medicine, and Psychology: Hints of a Paradigm Shift

Sociology and the New Religions: "Brainwashing, the Courts, and Religious Freedom" by Jim Richardson

Sociology, Medicine and Chemical Dependency: Embedding Drugs and Alcohol in Socio-Cultural Contexts by Barry Kinsey

The Sociologist, Gangs, and Battered Women: Representing the Discipline in the Courts by Lee Bowker

Defining the Limits of Moral Accountability

Sociology and Negligent Security: Premise Liability and Crime Prediction by Lydia Voigt and William Thornton, Jr.

Obscenity and Child Pornography: Sociology in Defense of Sexually-Oriented Materials by Philip Holley

Toxins in the Environment, Damage to the Community: Sociology and the Toxic Tort by Steve Picou

Housing the Homeless: The Sociologist as Expert and Activist by Hilary Silver, Steven Fischbach, and Judith Kaye

Afterword by Kai Erikson

Index

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