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Biometrics

Bodies, Technologies, Biopolitics

By Joseph Pugliese

Routledge – 2010 – 192 pages

Series: Routledge Studies in Science, Technology and Society

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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.

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.

Author Bio

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

Name: Biometrics: Bodies, Technologies, Biopolitics (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By Joseph Pugliese. 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...
Categories: Bioethics, Biotechnology, Contemporary Social Theory, Cultural Theory, Criminal Justice