Biometrics: Bodies, Technologies, Biopolitics

Biometrics: Bodies, Technologies, Biopolitics

by Joseph Pugliese
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781136955181
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/06/2012
Series:
Routledge Studies in Science, Technology and Society
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

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

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