Registration and recognition : documenting the person in world history /
edited by Keith Breckenridge and Simon Szreter.
Oxford : Published for the British Academy by Oxford University Press, 2012.
xx, 532 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
0197265316 (hbk.), 9780197265314 (hbk.)
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Oxford : Published for the British Academy by Oxford University Press, 2012.
0197265316 (hbk.)
9780197265314 (hbk.)
contents note
Editors' introduction: Recognition and registration : the infrastructure of personhood in world history / Simon Szreter and Keith Breckenridge -- Household registration, property rights, and social obligations in Imperial China : principles and practices / Richard von Glahn -- Registration of identities in early modern English parishes and amongst the English overseas / Simon Szreter -- Too much information? Too little coordination? : (civil) registation in nineteenth-century Germany / Andreas Fahrmeir -- Japan's civil registration systems before and after the Meiji restoration / Osamu Saito and Masahiro Sato -- Civil status and identification in nineteenth-century France : a matter of state control? / Paul-André Rosental -- Identity registration in the classical Mediterranean world / Rebecca Flemming -- Naming, identifying and authorizing movement in early modern Spain and Spanish America / Tamar Herzog -- Establishing and registering identity in the Dutch Republic / Henk Looijesteijn and Marco H.D. van Leeuwen -- The identity thieves of the Indian Ocean : forgery, fraud and the origins of South African immigration control, 1890s-1920s / Andrew MacDonald -- Parish baptism registers, vital registration and fixing identities in Uganda / Shane Doyle -- Identity registration in India during and after the Raj / Ravindran Gopinath -- Monitoring the abolition of the international slave trade : slave registration in the British Caribbean / Stanley L. Engerman -- Birth of the "secular" individual : medical and legal methods of identification in nineteenth-century Egypt / Khaled Fahmy -- No will to know : the rise and fall of African civil registration in twentieth-century South Africa / Keith Breckenridge -- Voting, welfare and registration : the strange fate of the État-Civil in French Africa, 1945-1960 / Frederick Cooper -- Uruguay's child rights approach to health : what role for civil registration? / Anne-Emanuelle Birn -- 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 / Dominique Marshall -- Children, citizenship and child support : the Child Support Grant in post-apartheid South Africa / Francie Lund -- What comes after the social? Historicizing the future of social assistance and identity registration in Africa / James Ferguson.
general note
Proceedings of a workshop held September 7-10, 2010, in St John's College, Cambridge.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
Main Description
The jacket illustration is a household register affidavit issued in 1370, the first year of the Ming household census. It identifies the head of the household as Wang Jifo, a resident of district 10 west in Qimen county in Huizhou prefecture. The household consists of five persons: Wang, his wife, and son, and also his older brother and sister-in-law. The document records the names and ages of each person, and other details of the household. (Source: Institute of History, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences) Book jacket.
Long Description
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.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xv
Notes on Contributorsp. xvii
Editors' Introduction: Recognition and Registration: The Infrastructure of Personhood in World Historyp. 1
Registration, States and Legal Personhood
Household Registration, Property Rights, and Social Obligations in Imperial China: Principles and Practicesp. 39
Registration of Identities in Early Modem English Parishes and amongst the English Overseasp. 67
Too Much Information? Too Little Coordination? (Civil) Registration in Nineteenth-Century Germanyp. 93
Japan's Civil Registration Systems Before and After the Meiji Restorationp. 113
Civil Status and Identification in Nineteenth-Century France: A Matter of State Control?p. 137
Registration as Negotiated Recognition
Identity Registration in the Classical Mediterranean Worldp. 169
Naming, Identifying and Authorizing Movement in Early Modern Spain and Spanish Americap. 191
Establishing and Registering Identity in the Dutch Republicp. 211
The Identity Thieves of the Indian Ocean: Forgery, Fraud and the Origins of South African Immigration Control, 1890s-1920sp. 253
Parish Baptism Registers, Vital Registration and Fixing Identities in Ugandap. 277
Empires and Registration
Identity Registration in India During and After the Rajp. 299
Monitoring the Abolition of the International Slave Trade: Slave Registration in the British Caribbeanp. 323
Birth of the 'Secular' Individual: Medical and Legal Methods of Identification in Nineteenth-Century Egyptp. 335
No Will to Know: The Rise and Fall of African Civil Registration in Twentieth-Century South Africap. 357
Voting, Welfare and Registration: The Strange Fate of the État-Civil in French Africa, 1945-1960p. 385
Registration, Recognition and Human Rights
Uruguay's Child Rights Approach to Health: What Role for Civil Registration?p. 415
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 Associationp. 449
Children, Citizenship and Child Support: The Child Support Grant in Post-Apartheid South Africap. 475
What Comes After the Social? Historicizing the Future of Social Assistance and Identity Registration in Africap. 495
Indexp. 517
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