In an intriguing history that traverses the globe taking us to india argentina france england and the united states cole excavates the forgotten history of criminal identification from photography to exotic anthropometric systems based on measuring body parts from fingerprinting to dna typing. Suspect identities a history of fingerprinting and criminal identification simon a cole on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers no two fingerprints are alike or so it goes for nearly a hundred years fingerprints have represented definitive proof of individual identity in our society. Suspect identities a history of fingerprinting and criminal identification user review kirkus a critical look at the origins of criminal identification and the impact of changing technologies on the fieldcole who received his phd in science and technology studies from cornell cautions . Suspect identities is a fascinating account of an important subject in his history of identification techniques from fingerprints to dna simon cole tells the story of our recurring attempts to forge reliable links between bodies persons and crimes. A history of criminal fingerprinting only marginally touching on civilian identity verification issues focusing on the construction of systems of identity verification arising with urbanization immigration and imperialism in the 19th and 20th centuries
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