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Modes of Bio-Bordering

The Hidden (Dis)integration of Europe

  • Offers an innovative analytical approach as a tool for cross-country comparison to make explicit the rather invisible bordering practices along transnationally expansive biometric technologies.

  • Provides a panorama on cross-country dynamics, as well as the different countries’ situations by demonstrating how the particularities of national policy regulations and judicial traditions, as well as technological infrastructures and techno-political cultural repertoires, either enforce, complement or counter the bio-bordering dynamics of the EU.

  • Examines how national autonomy and sovereignty is claimed, negotiated and suspended not only through legal and political bordering processes, but also through scientific and technical bordering practices that correspond with techno-political cultures and manifest specific regimes for biological data retention and exchange.

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    • Nina Amelung, Rafaela Granja, Helena Machado
    Pages 1-14Open Access
  3. Biobordering as a Concept

    • Nina Amelung, Rafaela Granja, Helena Machado
    Pages 35-54Open Access
  4. Germany

    • Nina Amelung, Rafaela Granja, Helena Machado
    Pages 55-71Open Access
  5. The Netherlands

    • Nina Amelung, Rafaela Granja, Helena Machado
    Pages 73-87Open Access
  6. Poland

    • Nina Amelung, Rafaela Granja, Helena Machado
    Pages 89-103Open Access
  7. Portugal

    • Nina Amelung, Rafaela Granja, Helena Machado
    Pages 105-117Open Access
  8. The United Kingdom (UK)

    • Nina Amelung, Rafaela Granja, Helena Machado
    Pages 119-136Open Access
  9. Conclusion

    • Nina Amelung, Rafaela Granja, Helena Machado
    Pages 137-147Open Access
  10. Back Matter

    Pages 149-151

About this book

This open access book explores how biometric data is increasingly flowing across borders in order to limit, control and contain the mobility of selected people, namely criminalized populations. It introduces the concept of bio-bordering, using it to capture reverse patterns of bordering and ordering practices linked to transnational biometric data exchange regimes. The concept is useful to reconstruct how the territorial foundations of national state autonomy are partially reclaimed and, at the same time, partially purposefully suspended. The book focuses on the Prüm system, which facilitates the mandatory exchange of forensic DNA data amongst EU Member States. The Prüm system is an underexplored phenomenon, representing diverse instances of bio-bordering and providing a complex picture of the hidden (dis)integration of Europe. Particular legal, scientific, technical and political dimensions related to the governance and uses of biometric technologies in Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and the United Kingdom are specifically explored to demonstrate both similar and distinct patterns.

Keywords

  • bioborders
  • border studies
  • DNA technologies
  • crime control
  • forensic genetics
  • Open Access

Reviews

​“This book is an extremely innovative comparative analysis between different national approaches to bio-bordering in the EU from a sociological and criminological perspective. It provides not only very valuable insights into the history and working of biometric databases in the EU, but also into the legal, political and policing systems of four EU Member States and the United Kingdom. The book impressively highlights EU blindness to national systems but also possibilities for harmonisation by science.” (Dr Saskia Hufnagel, Queen Mary University of London, Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law)

“Borders do much more than delineate states, territories and populations. By exploring the development of DNA databases in Europe, this adventurous book carefully constructs the concept of bio-bordering. This book convincingly adds a next chapter to our understanding of borders and the connections and disconnections they make between political bodies, human bodies and technologies.” (Prof Dr Huub Dijstelbloem, University of Amsterdam, Department of Philosophy)

“This book marks a significant development of a field of study that has emerged since the end of last century. Building upon prior studies of bordering and surveillance, this book marks a new milestone, providing an important new lens for understanding forensic genetics and trans-national law enforcement—which has so far remained relatively under-reported, and certainly under-theorised.” (Dr Carole McCartney, Professor of Law & Criminal Justice, Northumbria University)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Communication and Society Research Center (CECS), University of Minho, Braga, Portugal

    Nina Amelung, Rafaela Granja, Helena Machado

About the authors

Nina Amelung, PhD, University of Minho, is a sociologist working in the project EXCHANGE, funded by European Research Council and led by Helena Machado. Her current research is on the democratic challenges of cross-border biometric data-exchange, and the making of publics in European crime, migration and border control regimes. 

Rafaela Granja, PhD, University of Minho, is a sociologist working in the project EXCHANGE. Her current research explores the transnational exchange of DNA data and controversies associated with scientific and technological innovations in the forensic field. Her previous work has focused on reconfigurations of family relationships inside and outside prisons.

Helena Machado, Full Professor of Sociology, University of Minho, is a transdisciplinary researcher, engaging the social studies of science, bioethics, and sociological and criminological perspectives to explore how genetics creates acute challenges to citizenship, democracy and social control in contemporary societies.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Modes of Bio-Bordering

  • Book Subtitle: The Hidden (Dis)integration of Europe

  • Authors: Nina Amelung, Rafaela Granja, Helena Machado

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-8183-0

  • Publisher: Palgrave Pivot Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2021

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-15-8182-3Published: 31 October 2020

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-981-15-8185-4Published: 01 November 2021

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-15-8183-0Published: 30 October 2020

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XI, 151

  • Number of Illustrations: 2 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Science and Technology Studies, Criminology

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Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
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