The Origins of the Ill-Disciplined Prison

Peter Zinoman

in The Colonial Bastille

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2001 | ISBN: 9780520224124
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925175 | DOI:
The Origins of the Ill-Disciplined Prison

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This chapter traces the possible origins of the ill-disciplined prison system in French Indochina. It explains that the establishment of a colonial prison system in French Indochina during the nineteenth century coincided with the emergence of the modern penitentiary in Europe and the U.S. which focused on modifying inmate behavior through a series of coercive and corrective practices. It also discusses the evolution of the colonial prison, the prisoner-of-war camp, and the tightfisted character of the colonial state and its stubborn refusal to provide the resources necessary for the creation of a truly disciplinary penal system.

Keywords: prison system; French Indochina; colonial prison system; modern penitentiary; Europe; U.S.; corrective practices; prisoner-of-war camp

Chapter.  10366 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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