The Color of Liberty: Histories of Race in France / Edition 1

The Color of Liberty: Histories of Race in France / Edition 1

by Sue Peabody
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822331179

ISBN-13: 9780822331179

Pub. Date: 06/30/2003

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

France has long defined itself as a color-blind nation where racial bias has no place. Even today, the French universal curriculum for secondary students makes no mention of race or slavery, and many French scholars still resist addressing racial questions. Yet, as this groundbreaking volume shows, color and other racial markers have been major factors in French

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France has long defined itself as a color-blind nation where racial bias has no place. Even today, the French universal curriculum for secondary students makes no mention of race or slavery, and many French scholars still resist addressing racial questions. Yet, as this groundbreaking volume shows, color and other racial markers have been major factors in French national life for more than three hundred years. The sixteen essays in The Color of Liberty offer a wealth of innovative research on the neglected history of race in France, ranging from the early modern period to the present.

The Color of Liberty addresses four major themes: the evolution of race as an idea in France; representations of "the other" in French literature, art, government, and trade; the international dimensions of French racial thinking, particularly in relation to colonialism; and the impact of racial differences on the shaping of the modern French city. The many permutations of race in French history—as assigned identity, consumer product icon, scientific discourse, philosophical problem, by-product of migration, or tool in empire building—here receive nuanced treatments confronting the malleability of ideas about race and the uses to which they have been put.

Contributors. Leora Auslander, Claude Blanckaert, Alice Conklin, Fred Constant, Laurent Dubois, Yaël Simpson Fletcher, Richard Fogarty, John Garrigus, Dana Hale, Thomas C. Holt, Patricia M. E. Lorcin, Dennis McEnnerney, Michael A. Osborne, Lynn Palermo, Sue Peabody, Pierre H. Boulle, Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall, Tyler Stovall, Michael G. Vann, Gary Wilder

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822331179
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
06/30/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.88(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction: Race, France, Histories1
1Race: The Evolution of an Idea
Francois Bernier and the Origins of the Modern Concept of Race11
Eliminating Race, Eliminating Difference: Blacks, Jews, and the Abbe Gregoire28
Of Monstrous Metis? Hybridity, Fear of Miscegenation, and Patriotism from Buffon to Paul Broca42
2Representations of the Other
Race, Gender, and Virtue in Haiti's Failed Foundational Fiction: La mulatre comme il y a peu de blanches (1803)73
Inscribing Race in the Revolutionary French Antilles95
Sex, Gender, and Race in the Colonial Novels of Elissa Rhais and Lucienne Favre108
French Images of Race on Product Trademarks during the Third Republic131
Sambo in Paris: Race and Racism in the Iconography of the Everyday147
3Colonial and Global Perspectives
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Variation and Difference in French Racism in Colonial Indochine187
Constructions and Functions of Race in French Military Medicine, 1830-1920206
Panafricanism and the Republican Political Sphere237
Frantz Fanon, the Resistance, and the Emergence of Identity Politics259
4Race and the Postcolonial City
Identity under Construction: Representing the Colonies at the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1889285
Who Speaks for Africa? The Rene Maran - Blaise Diagne Trial in 1920s Paris302
Catholics, Communists, and Colonial Subjects: Working-Class Militancy and Racial Difference in Postwar Marseille338
From Red Belt to Black Belt: Race, Class, and Urban Marginality in Twentieth-Century Paris351
Contributors371
Index377

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