Biribi: disciplining and punishing in the French empire

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This article discusses the infamous Bataillons d’Afrique to which French former criminals were sent to complete their duty of military service. The ‘Bat d’Af’ were created to prevent the young male bourgeoisie from having to mix with these ‘undesirables’ and ‘reprobates’, and they were stationed well away from the mainland in France’s North African colonies. This article discusses themes such as discipline, punishment, torture, homosexuality, interracial power relations, and delinquent ‘cultures’ in this imperial context.
Original languageEnglish
JournalFrench Cultural Studies
Volume29
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Oct 2018

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France
Africa
Delinquents
Punishment
Colonies
French Empire
Homosexuality
Disciplining
Bourgeoisie
Power Relations
Torture
Military Service
Interracial

Keywords

  • Biribi
  • Bataillons d’Afrique
  • disciplinary military battalions
  • French empire
  • military prisons

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