Digital Epidermalization: Race, Identity and Biometrics

@article{Browne2010DigitalER,
  title={Digital Epidermalization: Race, Identity and Biometrics},
  author={Simone A. Browne},
  journal={Critical Sociology},
  year={2010},
  volume={36},
  pages={131 - 150}
}
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