"The volume certainly highlights what a conceptual anthropological engagement with 'security,' as well as with 'evidence' means. The volume will be worth reading for scholars in- and out-side anthropology interested in the production of knowledge, technologies, security and governmentality."
— Monika Weissensteiner, Surveillance Studies
“Bodies as Evidence poses a bold premise. It argues that not only is evidence beholden to social and political influences but that the glorification of evidence has demonstrable, and often dangerous, side effects on already marginalized communities. Its exemplary use of ethnographic and reflexive methodologies illustrates the vast complexity of seemingly objective data, and the practical limitations of collecting and employing it.”
— Sarah Maya Rosen, Journal of International & Global Studies
“This timely book will be of interest to political, legal, and social geographers concerned with the embodied and spatial implications of shifting laws and borders, and demands for evidence by and against the state.”
— Emily C. Kaufman, Social & Cultural Geography
“This book gives new meaning to the anthropology of security. A scintillating, tightly knit collection, it illuminates, quite brilliantly, the core drama of our times, when radical uncertainty feeds a fetishism of evidence, when alt-authoritarianism breeds a strange new relativism and an insidious obsession with fakery. Those who live in these times seek variously to counter its terrors by perfecting their fix on truth and its elusive measures; above all they return, as modernity's children, to the ground zero of the human body, thus to anchor the indices of the real and the absolute.” — Jean Comaroff, coauthor of The Truth about Crime: Sovereignty, Knowledge, Social Order
“This unique and unusually important book explains why the ‘body’—as both corporeal identity and as metaphor—has become so vital to understanding present-day security concerns, projects, and technologies. With its novel use of evidence-gathering and evidence-based knowledge both as a lens through which to critique the contemporary security state and as an organizing principle for the range of topics and cases covered, this book will be welcomed by anthropologists of security and policing, as well as sociologists, STS scholars, and others working on immigration and refugee issues, forensics, and war and technology.” — Andrew Bickford, author of Fallen Elites: The Military Other in Post-Unification Germany