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biometric state

Pandemic Dystopias: Biopolitical Emergency and Social Resistance

“I didn’t think the Apocalypse would have this much admin”  – A teacher from Has

Is the state the unsurpassable horizon of our dystopian era? Setting off from the material conditions that produce the current social contagion and using D&G's notion of the Urstaat as an axis, we try in this article to analyze the tendencies that lead to such a conclusion. At the same time, we try to map out the becomings that may lead beyond it.

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

Biometric State: The Global Politics of Identification and Surveillance in South

Biometric identification and registration systems are being proposed by governments and businesses across the world. Surprisingly they are under most rapid, and systematic, development in countries in Africa and Asia. In this groundbreaking book, Keith Breckenridge traces how the origins of the systems being developed in places like India, Mexico, Nigeria and Ghana can be found in a century-long history of biometric government in South Africa.