Playing the Identity Card: Surveillance, Security & Identification in Global Perspective

Edited by David Lyon and Colin Bennett
Playing the Identity Card: Surveillance, Security and Identification in Global Perspective

In some ways a companion to Identifying Citizens, this book pulls together for the first time a number of important and illuminating essays on ID cards in today’s world. Unlike some collections, that focus only on Europe or North America, this one includes work on China, India, Japan, and South Africa, which provide stimulating counterpoints to already existing debates. It becomes clear that how ID cards are “played” depends on local historical, cultural and political conditions. Co-edited with Colin J. Bennett, Playing the Identity Card will also be linked to a web-site where further information and debates over IDs will be available.