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Identify and SortHow Digital Power Changed World Politics$
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Josef Teboho Ansorge

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190245542

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190245542.001.0001

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The Archive

The Archive

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Josef Teboho Ansorge

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines some archival forms which contributed to a standardization of political power and human subjectivity in the international system. One of these forms is the map. It considers the role of maps in the development of the state system, the stabilization of property relations, as well as colonialism. It then turns to census and statistics. It attempts to locate the role of the colony in the development of such technics of politics, to identify the importance of specialized knowledge (statistics) for such technics, and show how these forms can be used in a new way to legitimate the persecution of previously illegible population groups. The chapter then deals with passports. Out of all of the archival forms discussed here, the passport and the border sites it is evaluated at, are the most frequent manifestations of state power in a modern individual's life. The final section discusses the card registry, a significant breakthrough in information technology for all of the important institutions of modernity: prison, police, hospital, university, government, military, and the borders.

Keywords:   archival forms, technics, politics, maps, census, statistics, political mode, human subjectivity, passports, card registry

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