The growing importance of identity management, both in real-life and in digital ecosystems, is The growing importance of identity management, both in real-life and in digital ecosystems, is significantly boosting the use of biometrics. In addition to traditional uses for border control and policing, biometrics are now entering the realm of everyday life through a variety of devices ranging from laptops, cars and potentially kitchen appliances. The main question is: can citizens challenge current framings of biometrics and shape an informed understanding of the technological and political implications of the changes underway?

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Professor Aletta Norval

This article may rely excessively on sources too closely associated with the subject , potentially preventing the article from being verifiable and neutral. Please help improve it by replacing them with more appropriate citations to reliable, independent, third-party sources. August Learn how and when to remove this template message Aletta Norval is a South African born political theorist. A prominent member of the Essex School of discourse analysis , she is mainly known for her deconstructionist analysis of Apartheid discourse, for her methodological contributions to discourse analysis and for her work on decentred, democratic and poststructuralist political theory. Her other research interests include feminist theory, South-African politics, ethnicity and the politics of race. More recently, she has worked on biometrics, focussing on issues of citizen consent to identity management techniques.


Aletta Norval

Deconstructing Apartheid Discourse addresses these issues by revealing both their historical specificity and their implications for the full development of a democratic post-apartheid order. The analysis covers the institution of apartheid as a new form of social division, the transformationist project which characterized it during the s and s, and the disarticulation of that project from the mid s to the present. Central to this analysis is the contention that apartheid, as a failed hegemonic project, can only be understood in its full complexity if attention is given to the specificity of the mode of social division it instituted. The book thus seeks to trace the construction and contestation of the central axes around which its political frontiers were organized. Drawing on a combination of post-Marxist and post-structuralist theorizations of social division and identity formation, Norval develops an account of apartheid discourse which avoids the twin pitfalls of essentialism and objectivism. She offers an analysis of contending visions--including the discources of the far-right, Inkatha, the new National Party and the ANC--for the future of South Africa, and investigates the prospects for the elaboration of non-racialism as a new political imaginary.



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