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New(ish) When Biometrics Fail: Gender, Race, and the Technology of Identity

It’s spring, and that means I’m getting emails and other messages about “what to read this summer”.    I will be posting more than a few New In Print (published w/in last 12 months) books to the blog over the next few weeks. Got ideas? Send them to me.

Here’s the first. When Biometrics Fail: Gender, Race, and the Technology of Identity, by Asst Prof. Shoshana Amielle Magnet, Institute of Women’s Studies/Department of Criminology, University of Ottawa.

By focusing on the moments when biometrics fail, Magnet shows that the technologies work differently, and fail to function more often, on women, people of color, and people with disabilities.


  • Acknowledgments  ix
    Introduction. Imagining Biometric Security  1
    1. Biometric Failure  19
    2. I-Tech and the Beginnings of Biometrics  51
    3. Criminalizing Poverty: Adding Biometrics to Welfare  69
    4. Biometrics at the Border  91
    5. Representing Biometrics  127
    Conclusion. Biometric Failure and Beyond  149
    Appendix  159
    Notes  165
    Bibliography  171
    Index  199