Creole Counterdiscourses and French Departmental Hegemony


in Race, Colonialism, and Social Transformation in Latin America and the Caribbean

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032641
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038230 | DOI:
Creole Counterdiscourses and French Departmental Hegemony

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This chapter examines the French departmentalization law governing Guadeloupe and Martinique. It discusses the history and background of the départements d'outremer and suggests that the geopolitical status of the islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique symbolizes the ambiguities of political development for the French Caribbean region. This is because if the departmentalization law theoretically bestowed the same rights and privileges on Martinicans and Guadeloupeans as on French citizens from any other region, then this relationship implies ignoring or effacing continuing colonial dichotomies of race, history, and geography.

Keywords: departmentalization law; France; Guadeloupe; Martinique; départements d'outremer; colonial dichotomies

Chapter.  8823 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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