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Siam's New DetectivesVisualizing Crime and Conspiracy in Modern Thailand$
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Samson W. Lim

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780824855253

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824855253.001.0001

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Criminal Mappings

Criminal Mappings

(p.62) 3 Criminal Mappings
Siam's New Detectives

Samson Lim

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter focuses on a specific example of visual evidence, the crime scene map. It shows how ideas taken from the popular fiction and film informed the police, both conceptually and practically, throughout the process of developing visual tools for detection. In other words, the formal rules that guide one’s perception of the factuality of visual evidence emerges from a set of fictions. More critically, in developing a tool for capturing a space of crime during the early years of the twentieth century, the police actually created the crime scene – a space of reason, science, and violence now marked off by hazard tape and made omnipresent by television shows popular throughout Thailand – as a real object in the world. The map, therefore, helps the police impose a geography on the past rather than passively represent a pre-existing space.

Keywords:   Crime scene, mapping, space, geography, cosmology, visualization, chronotope

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