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Registration and Recognition: Documenting the Person in World History

ISBN : 9780197265314

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¥18,260
Author: 
Simon Szreter; Keith Breckenridge
Pages
500 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
179 x 241 mm
Pub date
Oct 2012
Series
Proceedings of the British Academy
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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 of the 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.

Index: 

Foreword
1. Editor's Introduction
PART 1 REGISTRATION, STATES AND LEGAL PERSONHOOD
2. Household Registration, Property Rights, and Social Obligations in Imperial China: Principles and Practices
3. Registration of identities in early modern English parishes and amongst the English overseas
4. Too Much Information? Too Little Coordination? (Civil) Registration in Nineteenth-Century Germany
5. Japan's civil registration systems before and after the Meiji Restoration
6. Civil Status and Identification in 19th Century France: A matter of state control?
PART 2 REGISTRATION AS NEGOTIATED RECOGNITION
7. Identity Registration in the Classical Mediterranean World
8. Naming, Identifying and Authorizing Movement in early modern Spain and Spanish America
9. Establishing and Registering Identity in the Dutch Republic - Henk Looijesteijn and Marco
10. The Identity Thieves of the Indian Ocean: Forgery, Fraud and the Origins of South African Immigration Control, 1890s-1920s
11. . Parish Baptism Registers, Vital Registration and Fixing Identities in Uganda
PART 3 EMPIRES AND REGISTRATION
12. . Identity Registration in India during and after the Raj
13. Monitoring the Abolition of the International Slave Trade: Slave Registration in the British Caribbean
14. Birth of the 'secular' individual: medical and legal methods of identification in 19th-century Egypt
15. No will to know: the rise and fall of African civil registration in 20th century South Africa
16. Voting, Welfare and Registration: The Strange Fate of the Etat-Civil in French Africa, 1945-1960
PART 4 REGISTRATION, RECOGNITION AND HUMAN RIGHTS
17. Uruguay's child rights approach to health: What role for civil registration?
18. 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 Association
19. Children, citizenship and child support: the Child Support Grant in post-apartheid South Africa
20. What Comes after the Social? Historicizing the Future of Social Assistance and Identity Registration in Africa

About the author: 

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

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