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

ISBN-10: 0226733084
ISBN-13: 9780226733081
Edition: 2012
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Book details

List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 3/2/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

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—themétis—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 Childrenreveals 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 inEmpire’s Childrenan 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 the translator for numerous books including Neoconservatism: The Biography of a Movement, Algerian Chronicles, The Society of Equals, and Capital in the Twenty-First Century. He received the French-American Translation Prize in 1990 for his translation of A Critical Dictionary of the French Revolution.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Le M�tissage: A Colonial Social Problem
An Imperial Question
A Threat to the Colonial Order
"Reclassifying" the M�tis
The Law Takes Up the "M�tis Question"
Nationality and Citizenship in the Colonial Situation
The Controversy over "Fraudulent Recognitions"
Investigating Paternity in the Colonies
Citizens by Virtue of Race
The Force of Law
The Effects of Citizenship
Identities under the Law
French Nationality and Citizenship Reconsidered
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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