Connecting neuroscience and law: anticipatory discourse and the role of sociotechnical imaginaries

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In recent years, attempts have increasingly been made to connect neuroscience and law. Scientists and lawyers are imagining and actively fostering the realization of futures in which neuroscience will play a prominent role in the activity of courts. In this article I take these debates as my empirical object. I trace the emergence of neurolegal discourse, explore its focus on free will and lie detection, and show how expectations about the potential role neuroscience might play in the law are being embedded in new research programs and funding streams. In so doing, I analyze the role of particular "sociotechnical imaginaries" in stimulating, directing and restricting neurolegal discourse and highlight the ways in which new visions of law, science and scientists are produced in the process. Sociotechnical imaginaries are shown to be salient in structuring anticipatory discourse, and represent a key target for social scientific intervention in such debates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-40
Number of pages14
JournalNew Genetics and Society
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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