Stories About Science in Law


David S. Caudill


Stories About Science in Law

Presenting examples of how literary accounts can provide a supplement to our understanding of science in law, this book challenges the view that law and science are completely different. It focuses on stories which explore the relationship between law and science, especially cultural images of science that prevail in legal contexts. Contrasting with other studies of the transfer and construction of expertise in legal settings, this book considers the intersection of three interdisciplinary projects: law and science, law and literature, and literature and science. Looking at the appropriation of scientific expertise into law from these perspectives, this book presents an original introduction into how we can gain insight into the use of science in the courtroom and in policy and regulatory settings through literary sources.


‘In a bold and innovative step beyond the conventions of law and literature, Caudill deftly traces the parallels between images of scientific expertise and the framing of science in law. Drawing examples from science fiction, “lab lit” and futuristic film, Stories About Science In Law manages gainfully to trace the surprising extent to which law exists in the shadow of science.’ –This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

Book Details

  • Series: Law, Language and Communication
  • Hardcover: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Ashgate (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409426807
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409426806


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