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The Biopolitics of Biometrics: An interview with Btihaj Ajana.(Interview)

Beer, David

Theory, Culture & Society, 2014, Vol.31(7-8), pp.329-336 [Periódico revisado por pares]

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  • Título:
    The Biopolitics of Biometrics: An interview with Btihaj Ajana.(Interview)
  • Autor: Beer, David
  • Assuntos: Biometry ; Social Identity ; Social Science Research
  • É parte de: Theory, Culture & Society, 2014, Vol.31(7-8), pp.329-336
  • Descrição: In an interview, Btihaj Ajana, author of the book Governing Through Biometrics: The Biopolitics of Identity, talked about the book. Generally, biometrics is defined as a technology of identification that relies on physical characteristics or behavioural traits to identify or verify the identity of a person. But she finds this technical definition rather limited. So, in this book she tries to explore alternative ways of defining biometrics by drawing on Thacker's concept of 'biomedia' and Bolter's and Grusin's notion of 'remediation'. She argues that biometrics can be defined as a form of biomediation in terms of both the way in which biometrics refashion older forms of identification such as anthropometry and fingerprinting, and also in the way that the body in biometric processes is doubly mediated by being at once the object and the subject of measurement, i.e. that which is being measured as well as what enables the process of identification.
  • Idioma: Inglês

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