The Regime: Surveillance, Forced Labor, and Total Care

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 Regime: Surveillance, Forced Labor, and Total Care

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This chapter examines the penal system regime in French Indochina. It explains that life inside the colonial prison was powerfully shaped by three factors including the conduct of the guards, the conditions of forced labor and the quality of food and health care, and these were virtually absent in Indochina. It suggests that this may be because of French colonial officials' distrust of and contempt for the indigenous prison staff and the callous indifference of the colonial state to the fate of native inmates.

Keywords: penal system; French Indochina; colonial prison; forced labor; food; health care; prison staff; colonial state

Chapter.  10371 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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