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Governing through Biometrics

The Biopolitics of Identity


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Btihaj Ajana
    Pages 1-20
  3. Btihaj Ajana
    Pages 21-46
  4. Btihaj Ajana
    Pages 189-198
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 199-238

About this book


Managing identity through biometric technology has become a routine and ubiquitous practice in recent years. This book interrogates what is at stake in the merging of the body and technology for surveillance and securitization purposes drawing on a number of critical theories and philosophies.


Biopolitics biometrics governance surveillance identity control body technology bioethics community mediation philosophy

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.King’s College LondonUK

About the authors

Btihaj Ajana is Lecturer in Culture, Digital Humanities and Creative Industries at King's College London, UK.

Bibliographic information


"This book breaks new ground and can inform any researcher or student who wishes to pursue biometrics in more detail. It is a book that is suggestive of the need for us to act quickly so that we might see the intensification of biometric processes and understand them in terms of their broader social implications for identity, citizenship and community." - Information, Communciation and Society