Suspect Identities: A History of Fingerprinting and Criminal Identification

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Harvard University Press, Jun 30, 2009 - Social Science - 400 pages
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SUSPECT IDENTITIES: A History of Fingerprinting and Criminal Identification

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A critical look at the origins of criminal identification and the impact of changing technologies on the field.Cole, who received his Ph.D. in science and technology studies from Cornell, cautions ... Read full review

Suspect identities: a history of criminal identification and fingerprinting

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Most of us still think of fingerprint analysis as a kind of gold standard of criminal forensics, expressly developed as an indisputable means of catching the bad guy. Cole points out that these ... Read full review


Jekylls and Hydes
1 Impostors and Incorrigible Rogues
2 Measuring the Criminal Body
3 Native Prints
4 Degenerate Fingerprints
5 Fingerprinting Foreigners
6 From Anthropometry to Dactyloscopy
7 Bloody Fingerprints and Brazen Experts
10 Digital Digits
11 Fraud Fabrication and False Positives
12 The Genetic Age
Bodily Identities

8 Dazzling Demonstrations and Easy Assumptions
9 Identification at a Distance

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About the author (2009)

Simon A. Cole is Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law and Society at University of California, Irvine.

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