Psychology, crime and the law : a confluence of narratives

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dc.contributor.advisor Dr. A. Burke en_US
dc.contributor.author Baker, Rory Edmond Hugh
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-21T09:37:12Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-21T09:37:12Z
dc.date.issued 2012-08-21
dc.date.submitted 1998
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/6337
dc.description M.A. en_US
dc.description.abstract Since the 1940's and 1950's the evidence of psychologists has been increasingly utilised by the courts. This has always been, and still remains, a controversial role of the psychologist. Psychological testimony in criminal trials regarding criminal responsibility at the time of an offence and fitness to stand trial often leads to vociferous protest on the part of the public, and increased disdain for psychological testimony on the part of the courts, though for different reasons. It is suggested herein that the courtroom setting is a confluence of psychological and legal narratives, among others, and that the failure on the part of testifying psychologists to take account of these very different languages, or narratives is largely responsible for the problems experienced in this area. Part 1 introduces ideas of social constructionism as the theoretical background that describes the social construction of realities via human activity in the social and conversational realms. Part 2 considers some of the narrative aspects that could give rise to the differences between psychology and the law, as well as suggesting that psychological science is simply another form of narrative. Part 3 examines more closely the narratives of the law in relation to criminal process, the law on evidence, and the social construction of criminal responsibility and fitness to stand trial. Part 4 seeks to make sense of all of these narratives in interaction with one another in the form of a short courtroom drama. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Forensic psychology en_US
dc.subject Evidence, Expert - South Africa en_US
dc.title Psychology, crime and the law : a confluence of narratives en_US
dc.type Mini-Dissertation en_US

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