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Expertise side-lined: science, fraud and bogus molecular detectors in the Mexican ‘War on Drugs’

Reyes-Galindo, Luis 2012. Expertise side-lined: science, fraud and bogus molecular detectors in the Mexican ‘War on Drugs’. Presented at: SEESHOP 6, Cardiff, UK, 8-10 June 2012.

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The paper presents a summarised chronology of the controversy surrounding the use of fraudulent handheld molecular detectors in Mexico, as well as the responses to the controversy from three critical sectors: the Mexican media, the different government branches and national scientific institutions. The paper also includes interview material with the most prominent critics and of the molecular detectors in Mexico and compares the voices of ‘scientific activists’ with the institutional responses. Finally, an analysis of all these different responses to the controversy is made, along with a short discussion of the relevance for expertise studies, as well as a critique of the application of existing expertise frameworks in developing country contexts such as Mexico’s.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Submission
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Additional Information: Paper submitted to the SEESHOP6 (Studies of Expertise and Experience) Workshop Yearbook, organised by the Centre For The Study Of Knowledge Expertise Science at Cardiff University, 8-10 June 2012.
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