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From intuition to database : translating justice

Hutton, Neil (2013) From intuition to database : translating justice. Theoretical Criminology, 17 (1). pp. 109-128. ISSN 1362-4806

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Abstract

The article tells the story of the development of a Sentencing Information System for the High Court in Scotland from its genesis as an exploratory research project to its final implementation in the court. The article uses Actor Network Theory to understand how the database was assembled through the social practices of academic researchers, government officials, judges and court officers. It offers a corrective to theories which exaggerate the de-humanising effect of information technology and argues that an ANT approach is not incompatible with an understanding of how institutionally located power operates through social practices.