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 a " corporate, military and governmental a " 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.
A genealogy of biometric technologies -- The biometrics of infrastructural whiteness -- "Identity dominance" : biometrics, biosurveillance, terrorism and war -- Identity fraud and imposture : biometrics, the metaphysics of presence and the alleged liveness of the "live" evidentiary body -- Neurotechnologies of truth : brain fingerprinting's neurognomics and no lie MRI's digital phrenology.