Māori views of forensic DNA evidence: an instrument of justice or criminalizing technology? (2020)
Type of ContentJournal Article
PublisherInforma UK Limited
© 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. DNA profiling is just one of many tools available to police in a criminal investigation. However, unlike any other criminal investigative tool, DNA profiling has captured the public imagination. Its portrayal in popular fiction has given rise to the “CSI effect”, whereby the weight and credibility of science, combined with the predictive potential of DNA, produce an aura of infallibility and certainty only amplified by creative license. Genetic material holds particular significance for Indigenous peoples, establishing identity and group membership, as well as associated rights. This taonga (treasure) status entails particular sensitivities regarding its handling and use; these have been well explored in health, but less so in the forensic context. This article presents professional and lay Māori perspectives on forensic DNA technologies in New Zealand, highlighting the inseparability of these from Indigenous experiences of criminalization but also their value in informing operational, ethical and justice-oriented considerations.
CitationAhuriri-Driscoll A, Tauri J, Veth J (2020). Māori views of forensic DNA evidence: an instrument of justice or criminalizing technology?. New Genetics and Society. 1-18.
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Keywordscriminal justice; DNA databases; DNA profiling; forensic genetics; indigenous perspectives
ANZSRC Fields of Research16 - Studies in Human Society::1602 - Criminology::160205 - Police Administration, Procedures and Practice
Ngā Upoko Tukutuku / Māori Subject HeadingsTure | Laws::Pūnaha ture taihara | Tīpokapoka o te ture; Criminal justice system
Ture | Laws::Tikanga tangata | Human rights; Rights, Human
Ture | Laws::Pūnaha ture taihara | Tīpokapoka o te ture; Criminal justice system::Mahi tūtei | Surveillance