Biometrics : Bodies, Technologies, Biopolitics book cover
1st Edition

Bodies, Technologies, Biopolitics

ISBN 9780415811040
Published September 5, 2012 by Routledge
192 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Biopolitics of Biometrics  1. A Genealogy of Biometric Technologies  2. The Biometrics of Infrastructural Whiteness  3. "Identity Dominance": Biometrics, Biosurveillance, Terrorism and War  4. Identity Fraud and Imposture: Biometrics, the Metaphysics of Presence and the Alleged Liveness of the "Live" Evidentiary Body  5. Neurotechnologies of Truth: Brain Fingerprinting’s Neurognomics and No Lie MRI’s Digital Phrenology.  Epilogue.

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Joseph Pugliese is Associate Professor in the Department of Critical and Cultural Studies  at Macquarie University.