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Biometric State : The Global Politics of Identification and Surveillance in South Africa, 1850 to the Present

By: Breckenridge, Keith.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2014Description: 1 online resource (266 p.).ISBN: 9781316130483.Subject(s): Biometric identification -- Government policy -- South Africa -- History | Biometric identification -- Political aspects -- South Africa -- History | Citizenship -- South Africa -- History | South Africa -- Politics and government -- 19th century | South Africa -- Politics and government -- 20th centuryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Biometric State : The Global Politics of Identification and Surveillance in South Africa, 1850 to the PresentDDC classification: 323.44830968 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover -- Half-title -- Title page -- Copyright information -- Dedication -- Table of contents -- List of figures -- Preface and acknowledgements -- Introduction: the global biometric arena -- The problem of the state -- A new state -- Biometrics -- The South African story -- 1 Science of empire: the South African origins and objects of Galtonian eugenics -- Galton's world -- Humanitarian upheaval -- Slavery and flogging -- Africans and the Athenaeum -- Statistical revolution -- Normal racism -- 2 Asiatic despotism: Edward Henry on the Witwatersrand -- Scientific identification
Drink, gold and passes -- Asiatic despotism -- Conclusions -- 3 Gandhi's biometric entanglement: fingerprints, satyagraha and the global politics of Hind Swaraj -- Thumb-printing -- Scientific thumbs -- Humbled will your manhood be -- Scientific fingers -- Rejecting the soulless machine -- Conclusions -- 4 No will to know: biometric registration and the limited curiosity of the gatekeeper state -- A progressive deviation -- Advance or retreat -- Retrenchment -- The public health challenge -- Conclusions -- 5 Verwoerd's bureau of proof: the Apartheid Bewysburo and the end of documentary government
Blueprint for the Dompas -- Implementing the plan -- Issuing the books -- Problems -- Crisis -- Catastrophe -- Consequences -- Conclusions -- 6 Galtonian reversal: apartheid and the making of biometric citizenship -- The Population Registration Act -- The Book of Life -- White sacrifice -- Biometric banking in the Bantustans -- The Child Support Grant -- Comparisons and conclusions -- Epilogue: empire and the mimetic fantasy -- Imperial progressivism -- Conclusion -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary: Groundbreaking study of South Africa's role as a site for global experiments in biometric identification throughout the twentieth century.
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Cover -- Half-title -- Title page -- Copyright information -- Dedication -- Table of contents -- List of figures -- Preface and acknowledgements -- Introduction: the global biometric arena -- The problem of the state -- A new state -- Biometrics -- The South African story -- 1 Science of empire: the South African origins and objects of Galtonian eugenics -- Galton's world -- Humanitarian upheaval -- Slavery and flogging -- Africans and the Athenaeum -- Statistical revolution -- Normal racism -- 2 Asiatic despotism: Edward Henry on the Witwatersrand -- Scientific identification

Drink, gold and passes -- Asiatic despotism -- Conclusions -- 3 Gandhi's biometric entanglement: fingerprints, satyagraha and the global politics of Hind Swaraj -- Thumb-printing -- Scientific thumbs -- Humbled will your manhood be -- Scientific fingers -- Rejecting the soulless machine -- Conclusions -- 4 No will to know: biometric registration and the limited curiosity of the gatekeeper state -- A progressive deviation -- Advance or retreat -- Retrenchment -- The public health challenge -- Conclusions -- 5 Verwoerd's bureau of proof: the Apartheid Bewysburo and the end of documentary government

Blueprint for the Dompas -- Implementing the plan -- Issuing the books -- Problems -- Crisis -- Catastrophe -- Consequences -- Conclusions -- 6 Galtonian reversal: apartheid and the making of biometric citizenship -- The Population Registration Act -- The Book of Life -- White sacrifice -- Biometric banking in the Bantustans -- The Child Support Grant -- Comparisons and conclusions -- Epilogue: empire and the mimetic fantasy -- Imperial progressivism -- Conclusion -- Bibliography -- Index

Groundbreaking study of South Africa's role as a site for global experiments in biometric identification throughout the twentieth century.

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