Empire's Children: Race, Filiation, and Citizenship in the French Colonies

Empire's Children: Race, Filiation, and Citizenship in the French Colonies

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0226733084
ISBN-13:
9780226733081
Pub. Date:
03/02/2012
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
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Empire's Children: Race, Filiation, and Citizenship in the French Colonies

Europe’s imperial projects were often predicated on a series of legal and scientific distinctions that were frequently challenged by the reality of social and sexual interactions between the colonized and the colonizers.When Emmanuelle Saada discovered a 1928 decree defining the status of persons of mixed parentage born in French Indochina—the métis—she found not only a remarkable artifact of colonial rule, but a legal bombshell that introduced race into French law for the first time. The decree was the culmination of a decades-long effort to resolve the “métis question”: the educational, social, and civil issues surrounding the mixed population. Operating at the intersection of history, anthropology, and law, Empire’s Children reveals the unacknowledged but central role of race in the definition of French nationality.

Through extensive archival work in both France and Vietnam, and a close reading of primary and secondary material from the Pacific islands and sub-Saharan and North Africa, Saada has created in Empire’s Children an original and compelling perspective on colonialism, law, race, and culture from the end of the nineteenth century until decolonization.

 Emmanuelle Saada is associate professor of French at Columbia University. Arthur Goldhammer is an award-winning translator who has translated books by Georges Duby, Jacques Le Goff, and Jean Starobinski.

 

 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226733081
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 03/02/2012
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword by Frederick Cooper /....................ix
Acknowledgments /....................xiii
INTRODUCTION /....................1
ONE / an Imperial Question /....................13
TWO / a Threat to the Colonial Order /....................43
THREE / "Reclassifying" the Métis /....................67
FOUR / nationality and Citizenship in the Colonial Situation /....................95
FIVE / The Controversy over "Fraudulent Recognitions" /....................121
SIX / Investigating Paternity in the Colonies /....................147
SEVEN / Citizens by Virtue of Race /....................171
EIGHT / The Effects of Citizenship /....................207
NINE / Identities under the law /....................223
TEN / French nationality and Citizenship Reconsidered /....................243
Notes /....................261
Bibliography /....................307
Index /....................329

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