The invention of the passport

surveillance, citizenship and the state

By Torpey, John C.

Publishers Summary:
"This innovative book argues that documents such as passports, internal passports and related mechanisms have been crucial in making distinctions between citizens and non-citizens. It examines how the concept of citizenship has been used to delineate rights and penalties regarding property, liberty, taxes and welfare. It focuses on the US and Western Europe, moving from revolutionary France to the Napoleonic era, the American Civil War, the British industrial revolution, pre-World War I Italy, the reign of Germany's Third Reich and beyond. This original study combines theory and empirical data in questioning how and why states have established the exclusive right to authorize and regulate the movement of people."--BOOK JACKET.

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ISBN
978-0-52163-249-2
Publisher
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2000.


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Library Journal

Reviewed on November 1, 1999

No abstract sociological text, this work is notable for its absence of jargon and its solid grounding in historical fact. Torpey (sociology, Univ. of California, Irvine) analyzes how increasingly powerful states wrested from private institutions the power to regulate the movement of citizens across international--and sometimes internal--frontiers. Passports and identification papers playe...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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