chapter  8
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Pathways of forensic innovation

The previous chapter highlighted the challenges that societies face in compre­ hending the social and ethical dimensions of emerging forensic technologies. The contingencies associated with the use and governance of such technologies contribute to how their social and ethical impact is perceived. The discussion also indicated how forensic innovations may become exposed to variable expectations on the part of policy­makers, the police, publics and other stakeholders. These expectations, as well as shaping ethical discourses around new technology, may, in some cases, reflect underlying assumptions about the role of science in society, which may themselves be challenged or perpetuated via further engagements with forensic science and technology.