Download e-book for iPad: Biometric State: The Global Politics of Identification and by Keith Breckenridge

By Keith Breckenridge

ISBN-10: 1107077842

ISBN-13: 9781107077843

ISBN-10: 1107434890

ISBN-13: 9781107434899

Biometric identity and registration structures are being proposed by way of governments and companies internationally. strangely they're lower than such a lot quick, and systematic, improvement in nations in Africa and Asia. during this groundbreaking publication, Keith Breckenridge strains how the origins of the platforms being constructed in areas like India, Mexico, Nigeria and Ghana are available in a century-long heritage of biometric govt in South Africa, with the South African adventure of centralized fingerprint id unprecedented in its chronological intensity and demographic scope. He indicates how empire, and especially the triangular courting among India, the Witwatersrand and Britain, verified the specified South African obsession with biometric govt, and formed the foreign politics that built round it for the size of the 20th century. He additionally examines the political results of biometric registration platforms, revealing their effects for the elemental workings of the associations of democracy and authoritarianism.

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