Hierarchies of race and gender in the French colonial empire, 1914-1946

Jennifer Anne Boittin, Christina Firpo, Emily Musil Church

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Abstract

This article looks at French Indochina, metropolitan France, and French West Africa from 1914 through 1946 to illustrate specifi c ways in which French colonial authority operated across the French empire. We look at how colonized people challenged the complex formal and informal hierarchies of race, class, and gender that French administrators and colonizers sought to impose upon them. We argue that both the French imperial prerogatives and colonized peoples' responses to them are revealed through directly comparing and contrasting various locales across the empire. Our case studies explore interracial families and single white women seeking compensation from the French in Indochina, black men defi ning their masculinity, and Africans debating women's suff rage rights.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)60-90
Number of pages31
JournalHistorical Reflections
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - May 4 2011

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Boittin, Jennifer Anne ; Firpo, Christina ; Church, Emily Musil. / Hierarchies of race and gender in the French colonial empire, 1914-1946. In: Historical Reflections. 2011 ; Vol. 37, No. 1. pp. 60-90.
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In: Historical Reflections, Vol. 37, No. 1, 04.05.2011, p. 60-90.

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