The Subject of biometrics
Joseph Pugliese, Biometrics. Bodies, Technologies, Biopolitics (New York: Routledge, 2010).
University of Bologna
Joseph Pugliese’s book synthesizes a long journey through a complex genealogy of biometric systems in their attempt to provide technologies for making the subject intelligible, predictable and disciplined. As such, ‘biometrics can be succinctly characterised as a technology of capture: that is, [it] is fundamentally predicated on capturing images of subjects’ (p. 2) in order to secure physical and/or symbolic access to sites and/or information. Today, as in the past, the framework within which biometric systems are created and implemented is imbibed by the positivist ‘search for truth’ and serves objectives of national security.
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