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Bodies in Evidence: Race, Gender, and Science in Sexual Assault Adjudication

Heather Hlavka and Sameena Mulla


This book draws on ethnographic research in Milwaukee’s courts to show that contemporary sexual assault adjudication relies on new technologies and science to tell old stories about sexual violence, race, crime, and gender. The book shows how forensic technology and forensic science fail to resolve questions of guilt and innocence. Instead, science interweaves with cultural narratives about sexual violence and race. Attorneys included forensic evidence in their cases, such as expert testimony and corroborating material evidence, including DNA, simply because jurors expected it. The copious tim ... More

Keywords: sexual assault, rape, gender, race, forensic science, cultural narratives

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781479809639
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479809639.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Heather Hlavka, author
Marquette University

Sameena Mulla, author
Emory University