Forensic Anthropology Contemporary Theory and Practice

ISBN-10: 0195300297

ISBN-13: 9780195300291

Edition: 2008

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Description: Forensic anthropology is a vastly popular and rapidly changing profession, yet to date there has been no volume that reflects the current state of the discipline and forecasts its future. The first comprehensive text in the field, Forensic Anthropology: Contemporary Theory and Practice examines the medical, legal, ethical, and humanitarian issues associated with forensic anthropology, current forensic methods, and bio-historical investigations. Forensic Anthropology offers a unique synthesis of theoretical and methodological coverage. Rather than simply describing methodology, Komar and Buikstra place forensic anthropology in the broader context of medico-legal death investigations, critically evaluating practical techniques in a scientific framework and detailing the anthropologist's role in relation to both law enforcement and the medical examiner or coroner. The authors review the current state of the field, emphasizing recent changes to the judicial guidelines regarding the admissibility of scientific evidence in court. They highlight the impact of these rulings, the increased need for scientific rigor, and the evolving nature of anthropological studies, preparing students to function effectively in the demanding judicial system that will evaluate their work in the future. The text also stresses the vital importance of research in the development of forensic applications of anthropology. Forensic Anthropology is enhanced by numerous illustrative case studies and more than ninety photos and illustrations that help to deepen and enrich students' understanding of the material. Coauthored by a top authority in forensic anthropology and an anthropologist whose fieldwork has included medico-legal death investigation in Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, and Darfur, this volume is an in-depth and indispensable guide to the dynamic and rapidly professionalizing field of forensic anthropology.

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List price: $112.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/7/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.728
Language: English

Chapters 2-10 open with an Introduction and end with a Conclusion
Forensic Anthropology: A Brief History (1972-2006)
What is Forensic Anthropology Today?
Where Do Forensic Anthropologists Work?
Is Forensic Anthropology in the US Expanding?
Forensic Anthropology Outside the US
Research in Forensic Anthropology Today
Forensic Anthropology in Perspective
The Medicolegal System
The Medicolegal System
Death Investigation: Cause and Manner of Death
Motive, Intent, and Volition: Autopsy and Postmortem Examinations
Triage and Mechanisms of Death: Anthropology and Autopsy: Public Perception of Autopsy
Evidence and the Judicial System
Recognizing Evidence: Evidence Interpretation: Rationality versus Parsimony
The Judicial System: An Overview
Testifying as a Witness
Qualifying as an Expert Witness: Homicide
Crime Scene Investigation: Identifying Medicolegal Remains, Search Strategies, and Scene Documentation
Identifying Remains of Medicolegal Significance
Types of Nonmedicolegal Remains: Distinguishing Recent from Archaeological Remains: Differentiating Human from Animal Bone and Nonbiological Materials
Jurisdiction and the Crime Scene
Responsibility versus Authority: Protocols: Evaluating Scenes
Search Strategies
Archaeological versus Forensic Approaches to Excavation: Theories of Deposition: Report Writing
Beginning the Identification Process: Developing Biological Profiles
Theories and Methods in Forensic Anthropology
The Estimation of Sex from Skeletal Remains
Sex: Juvenile Remains: Sex: Adult Remains: The Estimation of Age-at-Death from Skeletal Remains
Age: Juvenile Remains: Age: Adult Remains: Ancestry
Stature Estimation
Other Physical Features
Pathology and Trauma Assessment
The Language of Pathology, Anatomy, and Medicine
Pathology: An Overview
Classes of Pathology: Trauma Assessment
Sharp Force Trauma: Tool Mark Analysis: Blunt Force Trauma: Internal and External Factors in Fractures: Asphyxia: Gunshot Wound Interpretation
Typical Gunshot Wound Morphology: Atypical Gunshot Wound Morphology: Determining the Sequence of Injuries in Polytonic Trauma
Forensic Taphonomy
Forensic Taphonomy
The Goals of Forensic Taphonomy
Time-since-Death Estimation: Methods of Time-since-Death Estimation: Bone Modification: Mechanisms of Transport: Preservation and Collection Bias: Reconstructing Perimortem Events
Personal Identification
How Identification Is Established
Categories of Identification
Doe Designation: Methods of Positive Identification
Visual Recognition: Fingerprinting: DNA: DNA and Forensic Anthropology: Forensic Odontology: Radiologic Identification: Alternative Medical Imaging
Impact of Daubert on Positive Identification
Photographic Superimposition and Facial Recognition
Mass Death and International Investigations of Human Rights ViolationsWar Crimes
Genocide: Group Identity versus Personal Identification: Personal Identification
Humanitarian versus Medicolegal Response
Establishing Jurisdiction: Agencies: Mass Graves
Commingling: Objectivity
Biohistory: Historical Questions, Methods, and EthicsBiohistory--Past and Present
Other Biohistorical Questions
Noninvasive Analyses
A Case Study in Biohistorical and Forensic Investigation: Billy the Kid
A Brief History of Billy the Kid: The (Almost) Exhumation of Billy the Kid: Glossary
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