The <i>Forçats de la Route</i>

Christopher S. Thompson

in The Tour de France

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9780520256309
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520934863 | DOI:
The Forçats de la Route

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This chapter examines how opponents of the Tour de France during this period destabilized representations of racers as model workers, describing them instead as slave laborers. It notes that these commentators exploited the Tour's much-celebrated extreme nature to formulate a broad critique of the exploitation of labor which, they argued, described the increasingly rationalized factories of early twentieth-century France.

Keywords: Tour de France; racers; model workers; slave laborers; exploitation of labor; twentieth century; France

Chapter.  13900 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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