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An intriguing history of how fingerprints were initially used in state benefit contexts in colonial India and ultimately migrated into use in criminal contexts in India and Britain. The writing is also wonderful--truly a pleasure to read. My one regret is that there are no footnotes or endnotes, making it hard to track down a reference. There is a "Further Reading" section at the end, but this is often not specific enough for the academic reader who wants to follow up on a particular point.