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Biribi: disciplining and punishing in the French empire

Cooper, N. (2018) Biribi: disciplining and punishing in the French empire. French Cultural Studies. 29(4) 0957-1558.

Item Type: Article
Abstract: This article discusses the infamous Bataillons d’Afrique to which French former criminals were sent to complete their duty of military service. The ‘Bat d’Af’ were created to prevent the young male bourgeoisie from having to mix with these ‘undesirables’ and ‘reprobates’, and they were stationed well away from the mainland in France’s North African colonies. This article discusses themes such as discipline, punishment, torture, homosexuality, interracial power relations, and delinquent ‘cultures’ in this imperial context.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Biribi, Bataillons d’Afrique, disciplinary military battalions, French empire, military prisons
Creators: Cooper, Nicola
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: Faculties > Faculty of Education & Humanities > History
Date: 28 October 2018
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: French Cultural Studies
Volume: 29
Number: 4
Language: English
ISSN: 0957-1558
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes

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