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SANTI PEREYRA, Silvana Estefanía. Biometrics and Social Surveillance in South America: Argentina as a Regional Laboratory for Migratory Control. Rev. mex. cienc. polít. soc [online]. 2018, vol.63, n.232, pp.247-268. ISSN 0185-1918.

This paper argues that the use of biometrics by the State’s to control migration can be conceived of as a form of biopower in a Foucauldian sense. By way of example, the case of Argentina from 2003 to 2015 will be qualitatively analyzed. Based on rulings and addresses by government officials three main questions will be answered: What is the role of biometrics in recent Argentine public policies? How does it attain such status? How is biometrics adopted as a policy option for migration control? Argentina proves to be a useful case in that it has recently changed its migration policies, linking the discourse on human rights with the advocacy of migration controls based on biometrics.

Keywords : biometrics; immigration control; Argentina; South America; surveillance.

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