French Caribbeans in Africa: Diasporic Connections and Colonial Administration, 1880-1939 by V. Hã©lã©nonFrench Caribbeans in Africa: Diasporic Connections and Colonial Administration, 1880-1939 by V. Hã©lã©non

French Caribbeans in Africa: Diasporic Connections and Colonial Administration, 1880-1939

byV. Hã©lã©non

Hardcover | March 29, 2011

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This is the first book-length study of the French Caribbean presence in Africa, and serves as a unique contribution to the field of African Diaspora and Colonial studies. By using administrative records, newspapers, and interviews, Véronique Hélénon explores the French Caribbean presence in the colonial administration in Africa before World War II. The phenomenon of this colonial administration is an especially productive site for understanding the complex relations established both within the African Diaspora and with the French colonial power.
Veronique Hélénon is an Assistant Professor of History and African and African Diaspora Studies at Florida International University.
Title:French Caribbeans in Africa: Diasporic Connections and Colonial Administration, 1880-1939Format:HardcoverDimensions:214 pagesPublished:March 29, 2011Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230105440

ISBN - 13:9780230105447


Table of Contents

Colonial Diaspora: The French Caribbean and the Colonial Administration in Africa, 1880-1939 * From the Sugar Plantation to the Colonial Administration * The Dimensions of Caribbean Assimilationism * The Colonial Administrative Machinery * The Logics of the Colonial Administration

Editorial Reviews

“This book examines a very important and timely subject, especially in the wake of the impact of the new wave of immigration in Europe that finds France and the other former colonial powers forced to come to grips with the memory and legacy of their colonial past. This study is clearly the result of a tremendous amount of archival and other research and it is admirably rich in content.  It provides much background historical information to inform its main subject, and at the same time reveals little known facets of the history of the French Caribbean and West Africa, and their relationship to France.”—Allison Blakely, Professor of European and Comparative History, Boston University“This book is an original and nuanced historical study. It constitutes the first examination of the French Caribbean presence in French African colonial administrations prior to World War II. This is a subtle yet complex study of colonial strategies of divide and rule as well as a complex understanding of the relationship between colonized and colonizer. During the period of the Third Republic, the French government led a heavy policy of colonial conquest around the globe, and Africa in particular became a major component of the French Empire. Rather than considering this history from the perspective of the colonial power, this book takes into full consideration the post-slavery French Caribbean context.”—Ramon Grosfoguel, Associate Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley