DISABLED STATES AND IMPAIRED CITIZENS IN THE GLOBAL SOUTH. Bio, necro to impairometrics

Maria Berghs

Abstract


Disabled states and impaired citizens in the global south. Bio, necro to impairometrics

Millions of Afghans encountered by the United States military have been subjected to the collection of their biometric data such as facial photos, iris scans and fi ngerprinting. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees routinely collects biometric data from populations under its care. Border crossings now also require the collection of biometric data. In this paper, I examine the role of the ‘capturing’ of biometric data and link to security in the light of a colonial past, war on terror and neoliberal citizenship. Then, I note how evidence-based and quantifi able interventions are linked to epistemologically and ontologically redefi ning “impairment” and “disability”. Through several concrete examples, I show how, what I term, impairometrics have become prevalent in neoliberal discourses and aid in the global south. In conclusion, I argue impairometrics are predicated on a new racial (bio) genetic and quantifi able eugenic pathology which can lead to necrometrics.


Keywords


Biometrics, Biosecurity, Necrometrics, Global South and Impairometrics

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