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The System: Fragmented Order and Integrative Dynamics

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520224124.003.0003
The System: Fragmented Order and Integrative Dynamics

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This chapter describes the fragmented order and integrative dynamics of the prison system in French Indochina. It suggests that the decentralized and heterogeneous character of the Indochinese prison system embodied the chaotic and unsystematic workings of the colonial state. It argues that the Indochinese prison's indiscriminate treatment of different categories of prisoners points to the limits of colonial modernity and it also served as an institutional mainspring for the development in Indochina of a modern political identity.

Keywords: prison system; French Indochina; colonial state; prisoners; colonial modernity; political identity

Chapter.  13129 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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