Forensic Psychology in Germany

Witnessing Crime, 1880-1939
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Heather Wolffram
479 g
218x151x22 mm
Aims to open a dialogue with other scholars about the multi-disciplinary roots and early history of forensic psychology in the German context
1. Introduction: Witnessing Crime 2. The Birth Of Forensic Psychology - The Berchtold Trial 3. Establishing the Psychology of Testimony 4. Forensic Psychology Beyond the Witness 5. Expertise Contested 6. Forensic Psychology in the Courtroom - The Frenzel Trial 7. Forensic Psychology under the Swastika 8. Conclusion: Forensic Psychology on the Eve of the War
This book examines the emergence and early development of forensic psychology in Germany from the late nineteenth century until the outbreak of the Second World War, highlighting the field's interdisciplinary beginnings and contested evolution. Initially envisaged as a psychology of all those involved in criminal proceedings, this new discipline promised to move away from an exclusive focus on the criminal to provide a holistic view of how human fallibility impacted upon criminal justice. As this book argues, however, by the inter-war period, forensic psychology had largely become a psychology of the witness; its focus narrowed by the exigencies of the courtroom. Utilising detailed studies of the 1896 Berchtold trial and the 1930 Frenzel trial, the book asks whether the tensions between psychiatry, psychology, forensic medicine, pedagogy and law over psychological expertise were present in courtroom practice and considers why a clear winner in the "battle for forensic psychology" had yet to emerge by 1939.