The role of behavioral and social sciences in the courtroom setting has expanded exponentially in the past few decades. It is now widely recognized that scientists in these areas provide critical contextual information for legal decision making, and that there is a reliable knowledge base for doing so. While there are many handbooks of forensic psychology, this is the first such volume to incorporate sociological findings, broadening the conceptual basis for examining cases in both the civil and criminal realms, including immigration issues, personal injury, child custody, and sexual harassment.
This volume will examine the responsibilities of expert witnesses and consultants, and how they may utilize principles, theories and methods from both sociology and psychology. It will show these disciplines together can improve the identification and apprehension of criminals, as well as enhance the administration of justice by clarifying profiles of criminal behavior, particularly in cases of serial killers, death threat makers, stalkers, and kidnappers. The volume is quite comprehensive, covering a range of medical, school, environmental and business settings. Throughout it links basic ideas to real applications and their impact on the justice system.
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Number of pages: 466
Weight: 1113 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 27 mm
Edition: 2014 ed.
From the reviews:
"The handbook `analyzes the principles, theories, and methods of both forensic sociology and psychology and their use in the justice system.' ... The language and style are clear and make the book easy to understand, and examples of the sociological and psychological environment of forensics are straightforward. This work is for those involved in the study, teaching, or practice of forensics, criminology, psychology, sociology, law, and related disciplines. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals." (G. A. Collins, Choice, Vol. 51 (7), March, 2014)
Stephen J. Morewitz, lecturer in the CSUEB Department of Nursing and Health Sciences, won the San Jose State University Annual Author Awards 2013 for co-editing the Handbook of Forensic Sociology and Psychology (New York: Springer, 2013) with Mark L. Goldstein, Ph.D.
The Handbook of Forensic Sociology and Psychology is a landmark publication that offers a detailed and comprehensive road map for sociologists and psychologists to apply theory and research methods as expert witnesses and consultants in the fields of civil, criminal, immigration, and military law. The Handbook also demonstrates to attorneys, law firms, and the general public the different ways in which sociological and psychological concepts, theories, and methods can be best utilized in litigation.
Morewitz is the author of more than 100 publications, including the award-winning book, Stalking and Violence (New York: Kluwer/Plenum, 2003), the award-winning book, Domestic Violence and Maternal and Child Health (New York: Springer, 2004),Chronic Disorders in Children and Adolescents (New York: Springer, 2011), Chronic Diseases and Health Care (New York, Springer, 2006), and Aging and Chronic Disorders (New York, Springer 2008) with Mark L. Goldstein. Prior to teaching at CSUEB, he was professor and Research Dean at the California School of Podiatric Medicine, CA, and has been on the faculty or staffs of Michael Reese Hospital, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine, Department of Family Practice, and School of Public Health, DePaul University, and Argonne National Laboratory. Congrats, Dr. Morewitz! --Kimberly Legocki
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