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    Biometric Bodies, Or How to Make Electronic Fingerprinting Work in India.Ursula Rao - 2018 - Body and Society 24 (3):68-94.
    The rapid spread of electronic fingerprinting not only creates new regimes of surveillance but compels users to adopt novel ways of performing their bodies to suit the new technology. This ethnography uses two Indian case studies – of a welfare office and a workplace – to unpack the processes by which biometric devices become effective tools for determining identity. While in the popular imaginary biometric technology is often associated with providing disinterested and thus objective evaluation of identity, in practice ‘failures (...)
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    Celebrating transgression: method and politics in anthropological studies of culture: a book in honour of Klaus Peter Köpping.Ursula Rao, John Hutnyk & Klaus-Peter Köpping (eds.) - 2006 - New York: Berghahn Books.
    This book brings key authors in anthropology together to debate and transgress anthropological expectations.
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    Ritual als Performanz Zur Charakterisierung eines Paradigmenwechsels.Ursula Rao - 2007 - Zeitschrift für Religions- Und Geistesgeschichte 59 (4):351-370.
    The article characterizes a paradigmatic change in ritual studies in the last twenty years, by discussing the impact of the 'performative turn' in the social sciences for the analysis of ritual action and ritual efficacy. Two streams of theories are distinguished: studies that re-conceptualize the relation between ritual and its social contexts, viewing it as a dynamic encounter that includes negotiation, adjustment and persuasion, and studies that explore the inner dynamic of ritual and characterize the activities and media that turn (...)
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