Educating Conformity in French Colonial Algeria

Fanny Colonna and Barbara Harshav

in Tensions of Empire

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 1997 | ISBN: 9780520205406
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520918085 | DOI:
Educating Conformity in French Colonial Algeria

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This chapter presents an excerpt from Fanny Colonna's book Instituteurs Algériens: 1883–1939, focusing on the role of French schools in colonial Algeria, and on the selection and formation of a well-managed indigenous elite. It discusses the cultural and political logics of the moralizing colonial state, and examines the criteria of excellence helped to maintain France as a cultural standard and to sustain the distance between colonizer and colonized.

Keywords: Instituteurs Algériens; Fanny Colonna; French schools; colonial Algeria; indigenous elite; colonial state; cultural standard

Chapter.  11539 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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