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The Resource Biometric state : the global politics of identification and surveillance in South Africa, 1850 to the present, Keith Breckenridge, University of the Witwatersrand

Biometric state : the global politics of identification and surveillance in South Africa, 1850 to the present, Keith Breckenridge, University of the Witwatersrand

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Biometric state : the global politics of identification and surveillance in South Africa, 1850 to the present
Title
Biometric state
Title remainder
the global politics of identification and surveillance in South Africa, 1850 to the present
Statement of responsibility
Keith Breckenridge, University of the Witwatersrand
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Biometric identification and registration systems are being proposed by governments and businesses across the world. Surprisingly they are under most rapid, and systematic, development in countries in Africa and Asia. In this groundbreaking book Keith Breckenridge traces how the origins of the systems being developed in places like India, Mexico, Nigeria and Ghana can be found in a century-long history of biometric government in South Africa, with the South African experience of centralized fingerprint identification unparalleled in its chronological depth and demographic scope. He shows how empire, and particularly the triangular relationship between India, the Witwatersrand and Britain, established the special South African obsession with biometric government, and shaped the international politics that developed around it for the length of the twentieth century. He also examines the political effects of biometric registration systems, revealing their consequences for the basic workings of the institutions of democracy and authoritarianism
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UkCbUP
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Breckenridge, Keith
Dewey number
323.44830968
Index
index present
LC call number
JQ1983
LC item number
.B74 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
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http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Citizenship
  • Biometric identification
  • Biometric identification
  • South Africa
  • South Africa
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Biometric state : the global politics of identification and surveillance in South Africa, 1850 to the present, Keith Breckenridge, University of the Witwatersrand
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Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 05 Oct 2015)
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online resource
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  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: the global biometric arena -- Science of empire: the South African origins and objects of Galtonian eugenics -- Asiatic despotism: Edward Henry on the Witwatersrand -- Gandhi's biometric entanglement: fingerprints, Satyagraha and the global politics of Hind Swaraj -- No will to know: biometric registration and the limited curiosity of the gatekeeper state -- Verwoerd's bureau of proof: the apartheid bewysburo and the end of documentary government -- Galtonian reversal: apartheid and the making of biometric citizenship -- Epilogue: empire and the mimetic fantasy
Control code
CR9781139939546
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 252 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781139939546
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
digital, PDF file(s).
Specific material designation
remote
Label
Biometric state : the global politics of identification and surveillance in South Africa, 1850 to the present, Keith Breckenridge, University of the Witwatersrand
Publication
Note
Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 05 Oct 2015)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: the global biometric arena -- Science of empire: the South African origins and objects of Galtonian eugenics -- Asiatic despotism: Edward Henry on the Witwatersrand -- Gandhi's biometric entanglement: fingerprints, Satyagraha and the global politics of Hind Swaraj -- No will to know: biometric registration and the limited curiosity of the gatekeeper state -- Verwoerd's bureau of proof: the apartheid bewysburo and the end of documentary government -- Galtonian reversal: apartheid and the making of biometric citizenship -- Epilogue: empire and the mimetic fantasy
Control code
CR9781139939546
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 252 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781139939546
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
digital, PDF file(s).
Specific material designation
remote

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