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

Contents

Jekylls and Hydes
1
1 Impostors and Incorrigible Rogues
6
2 Measuring the Criminal Body
32
3 Native Prints
60
4 Degenerate Fingerprints
97
5 Fingerprinting Foreigners
119
6 From Anthropometry to Dactyloscopy
140
7 Bloody Fingerprints and Brazen Experts
168
10 Digital Digits
235
11 Fraud Fabrication and False Positives
259
12 The Genetic Age
287
Bodily Identities
303
Notes
313
Credits
347
Acknowledgments
349
Index
353

8 Dazzling Demonstrations and Easy Assumptions
190
9 Identification at a Distance
217

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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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