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Bodies, Technologies, Biopolitics, 1st Edition

By Joseph Pugliese


192 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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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.

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.

About the Author

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

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Science, Technology and Society

Books in this series consider social science aspects of science studies. Authors discuss how science is socially situated and mediated, how science and technology are shaped by society and society by science and technology. Books will consider the social impact of new technologies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Civil Rights
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General