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Registration and Recognition: Documenting the Person in World History

Keith Breckenridge and Simon Szreter


This book 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. Identity recognition of individuals by the groups they are born into or wish to affiliate themselves with has been a ubiquitous phenomenon of human experience. It has left widespread records in the form of legal, civic, and religious registration documentation. Yet, unlike the proliferation of censuses and state enumeration exercises of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, registr ... More

Keywords: histories of registration, registration documentation, registration processes, identity recognition, state power, individual responsibility, individual entitlement

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780197265314
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265314.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Keith Breckenridge, editor
Associate Professor Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, Johannesburg

Simon Szreter, editor
Professor of History and Public Policy, University of Cambridge, Fellow of St John's College Cambridge.

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Part I Registration, states and legal personhood

Part II Registration as negotiated recognition

8 Establishing and Registering Identity in the Dutch Republic1

Henk Looijesteijn, and Marco H. D. Van Leeuwen

Part III Empires and registration

Part IV Registration, Recognition and Human Rights

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