Children of the French Empire: Miscegenation and Colonial Society in French West Africa 1895-1960

Hardcover | March 15, 2000

byOwen White

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This book vividly recreates the lives of the children born of relationships between French men and African women from the time France colonized much of West Africa towards the end of the nineteenth century, until independence in 1960. Set within the context of the history of miscegenation in colonial French West Africa, the study focuses upon the lives and identities of the resulting mixed-race or metis population, and their struggle to overcome the handicaps they faced in a racially divided society. Owen White has drawn avaluable evaluation of the impact and importance of French racial theories, and offers a critical discussion of colonial policies in such areas as citizenship and education, providing original insights into problems of identity in colonial society.

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This book vividly recreates the lives of the children born of relationships between French men and African women from the time France colonized much of West Africa towards the end of the nineteenth century, until independence in 1960. Set within the context of the history of miscegenation in colonial French West Africa, the study focus...

Owen White is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at University College, Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:March 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198208197

ISBN - 13:9780198208198

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`It is in [this] analysis of miscegenation as an aspect both of wider colonial rule and the fundamental disjuncture between colonizers and colonized that the book advances our knowledge of French colonialism in Africa. It is an outstanding, if unsettling, piece of work.' Martin Thomas, EHR Sept.00, Vol. 115, No. 463.