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Beyond Imported MagicEssays on Science, Technology, and Society in Latin America$
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Eden Medina, Ivan da Costa Marques, and Christina Holmes

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027458

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027458.001.0001

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South Atlantic Crossings: Fingerprints, Science, and the State in Turn-of-the-Twentieth-Century Argentina

South Atlantic Crossings: Fingerprints, Science, and the State in Turn-of-the-Twentieth-Century Argentina

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(p.139) 7 South Atlantic Crossings: Fingerprints, Science, and the State in Turn-of-the-Twentieth-Century Argentina
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Beyond Imported Magic
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Julia Rodriguez

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027458.003.0007

Rodriguez details the historical development of the science of fingerprinting. The system for forensically filing and categorizing fingerprints to allow their easy retrieval for use in criminal cases was first developed in Argentina and then spread to other parts of the world. Yet her story also details the transatlantic exchanges that contributed to both the initial development of forensic fingerprinting, including circulation among members of shared language groups within the scientific community, and the rapid movement of immigrants into Argentina that first prompted the Argentine state to develop new sciences for social control.

Keywords:   History of science, forensic science, fingerprinting, transnational exchange, immigration, social control, Argentina

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