Registration and Recognition: Documenting the Person in World History

Hardcover | December 15, 2012

EditorKeith Breckenridge, Simon Szreter

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This is a comparative investigation of different regional histories of registration - a feature of societies common across Asia, Europe and the Americas, but poorly understood in contemporary social science. Registration has typically been viewed as coercive, and as a product of the rise ofthe modern European state. This volume shows that the registration of individuals has taken remarkably similar, and interestingly comparable, forms in very different societies across the world. The volume also suggests that registration has many hitherto neglected benefits for individuals, and that modern states have frequently sought to curtail, or avoid responsibility for, it. The book shows that the close study of practices of registration provides a tool - like class, gender or state -that supports analytical comparisons across time and region, raising a common, limited set of comparative questions that highlight the differences between the forms of state power and the responsibilities and entitlements of individuals and families.

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This is a comparative investigation of different regional histories of registration - a feature of societies common across Asia, Europe and the Americas, but poorly understood in contemporary social science. Registration has typically been viewed as coercive, and as a product of the rise ofthe modern European state. This volume shows t...

Keith Breckenridge is Associate Professor at Wits Institute of Social and Economic Research in Johannesburg. Simon Szreter is Professor of History and Public Policy at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:500 pagesPublished:December 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Sir C.A. Bayly, FBA: Foreword1. Editor's IntroductionPart 1: Registration, States and Legal PersonhoodSimon Szreter and Keith Breckenridge: 2. Richard von Glahn: Household Registration, Property Rights, and Social Obligations in Imperial China: Principles and Practices3. Simon Szreter: Registration of identities in early modern English parishes and amongst the English overseas4. Andreas Fahrmeir: Too Much Information? Too Little Coordination? (Civil) Registration in Nineteenth-Century Germany5. Osamu Saito and Masahiro Sato: Japan's civil registration systems before and after the Meiji Restoration6. Paul-Andre Rosental: Civil Status and Identification in 19th Century France: A matter of state control?Part 2: Registration as Negotiated Recognition7. Rebecca Flemming: Identity Registration in the Classical Mediterranean World8. Tamar Herzog: Naming, Identifying and Authorizing Movement in early modern Spain and Spanish America9. H.D. van Leeuwen: Establishing and Registering Identity in the Dutch Republic - Henk Looijesteijn and Marco10. Andrew MacDonald: The Identity Thieves of the Indian Ocean: Forgery, Fraud and the Origins of South African Immigration Control, 1890s-1920s11. Shane Doyle: Parish Baptism Registers, Vital Registration and Fixing Identities in UgandaPart 3: Empires and registration12. Ravindran Gopinath: Identity Registration in India during and after the Raj13. Stanley L. Engerman: Monitoring the Abolition of the International Slave Trade: Slave Registration in the British Caribbean14. Khaled Fahmy: Birth of the 'secular' individual: medical and legal methods of identification in 19th-century Egypt15. Keith Breckenridge: No will to know: the rise and fall of African civil registration in 20th century South Africa16. Frederick Cooper: Voting, Welfare and Registration: The Strange Fate of the Etat-Civil in French Africa, 1945-1960Part 4: Registration, Recognition and Human Rights17. Anne-Emanuelle Birn: Uruguay's child rights approach to health: What role for civil registration?18. Dominique Marshall: Birth Registration and the Promotion of Children's Rights in the Interwar Years. The Save the Children International Union's Conference on the African Child, and Herbert Hoover's American Child Health Association19. Francie Lund: Children, citizenship and child support: the Child Support Grant in post-apartheid South Africa20. James Ferguson: What Comes after the Social? Historicizing the Future of Social Assistance and Identity Registration in Africa