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The Invention of the Passport: Surveillance, Citizenship and the State
by John Torpey
This innovative book argues that documents such as passports, internal passports and related mechanisms have been crucial in making distinctions between citizens and noncitizens. It explains how the concept of citizenship has been used over the past 200 years to delineate rights and penalties regarding property, liberty, taxes and welfare. Focusing on the United States and ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 13th 1999 by Cambridge University Press
(first published November 1st 1999)
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The problem with genealogies is that once you get the gist of it there's just an endless amount of incredible historical detail to be gotten through, in order to understand how such-and-such contingencies lead to whatever the status quo is. The book was interesting for its explication of just how surprisingly recent the passport's history is. As well for a Foucauldian (though not in name) approach to the activeness of the power-knowledge techniques responsible for the current system. The passpor ...more