Biometrics: Bodies, Technologies, Biopolitics

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Routledge, Dec 6, 2012 - Political Science - 192 pages
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Biometric technologies, such as finger- or facial-scan, are being deployed across a variety of social contexts in order to facilitate and guarantee identity verification and authentication. In the post-9/11 world, biometric technologies have experienced an extraordinary period of growth as concerns about security and screening have increased. This book analyses biometric systems in terms of the application of biopolitical power – corporate, military and governmental – on the human body. It deploys cultural theory in examining the manner in which biometric technologies constitute the body as a target of surveillance and as a data-information object. The book thereby provides a comprehensive overview and critical analysis of both the local and global ramifications of biometric technologies.

 

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Excellent read.
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Contents

Biopolitics of Biometrics
1
1 A Genealogy of Biometric Technologies
25
2 The Biometrics of Infrastructural Whiteness
56
Biometrics Biosurveillance Terrorism and War
80
Biometrics the Metaphysics of Presence and the Alleged Liveness of the Live Evidentiary Body
110
Brain Fingerprintings Neurognomics and No Lie MRIs Digital Phrenology
129
Biometrics Infrastructrual Normativities and the Biopolitics of Somatic Singularities
155
References
166
Index
177
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Joseph Pugliese is Associate Professor in theáDepartment of Critical and Cultural Studiesá at Macquarie University.

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