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Biometric State

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Informationen zum Autor Keith Breckenridge is an historian and the deputy director at WISER. He has published widely on the cultu... Weiterlesen
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Informationen zum Autor

Keith Breckenridge is an historian and the deputy director at WISER. He has published widely on the cultural and economic history of South Africa, particularly the gold mining industry, the state and the development of information systems. His writing on biometrics has appeared in Africa, History Workshop, the Journal of Southern African Studies, Public Culture and some of the most influential comparative anthologies on systems of identification. In 2012 he co-edited Registration and Recognition: Documenting the Person in World History, with Simon Szreter, a volume of essays for the British Academy examining the workings and failures of civil registration in twenty different regions and periods around the world.



Klappentext

Groundbreaking study of South Africa's role as a site for global experiments in biometric identification throughout the twentieth century.



Inhaltsverzeichnis

Introduction: the global biometric arena; 1. Science of empire: the South African origins and objects of Galtonian eugenics; 2. Asiatic despotism: Edward Henry on the Witwatersrand; 3. Gandhi's biometric entanglement: fingerprints, Satyagraha and the global politics of Hind Swaraj; 4. No will to know: biometric registration and the limited curiosity of the gatekeeper state; 5. Verwoerd's bureau of proof: the Apartheid Bewysburo and the end of documentary government; 6. Galtonian reversal: apartheid and the making of biometric citizenship; Epilogue: empire and the mimetic fantasy; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.





Autorentext

Keith Breckenridge is an historian and the deputy director at WISER. He has published widely on the cultural and economic history of South Africa, particularly the gold mining industry, the state and the development of information systems. His writing on biometrics has appeared in Africa, History Workshop, the Journal of Southern African Studies, Public Culture and some of the most influential comparative anthologies on systems of identification. In 2012 he co-edited Registration and Recognition: Documenting the Person in World History, with Simon Szreter, a volume of essays for the British Academy examining the workings and failures of civil registration in twenty different regions and periods around the world.



Klappentext

Groundbreaking study of South Africa's role as a site for global experiments in biometric identification throughout the twentieth century.



Zusammenfassung
Biometric identification and registration systems are being proposed by governments and businesses across the world. The book explores how, for a century, South Africa has served as a site for global experiments in biometric identification and government, and examines the consequences and effects of these systems for democracy and authoritarianism.

Inhalt

Introduction: the global biometric arena; 1. Science of empire: the South African origins and objects of Galtonian eugenics; 2. Asiatic despotism: Edward Henry on the Witwatersrand; 3. Gandhi's biometric entanglement: fingerprints, Satyagraha and the global politics of Hind Swaraj; 4. No will to know: biometric registration and the limited curiosity of the gatekeeper state; 5. Verwoerd's bureau of proof: the Apartheid Bewysburo and the end of documentary government; 6. Galtonian reversal: apartheid and the making of biometric citizenship; Epilogue: empire and the mimetic fantasy; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

Produktinformationen

Titel: Biometric State
Untertitel: The Global Politics of Identification Surveillance in South Africa,
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EAN: 9781107077843
ISBN: 1107077842
Format: Fester Einband
Genre: Allgemeines & Lexika
Anzahl Seiten: 266
Gewicht: 542g
Größe: H235mm x B157mm x T18mm
Jahr: 2017