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The Colonial BastilleA History of Imprisonment in Vietnam, 1862-1940$
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Peter Zinoman

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520224124

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520224124.001.0001

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The Origins of the Ill-Disciplined Prison

The Origins of the Ill-Disciplined Prison

(p.13) 1 The Origins of the Ill-Disciplined Prison
The Colonial Bastille

Peter Zinoman

University of California Press

This chapter traces the possible origins of the ill-disciplined prison system in French Indochina. It explains that the establishment of a colonial prison system in French Indochina during the nineteenth century coincided with the emergence of the modern penitentiary in Europe and the U.S. which focused on modifying inmate behavior through a series of coercive and corrective practices. It also discusses the evolution of the colonial prison, the prisoner-of-war camp, and the tightfisted character of the colonial state and its stubborn refusal to provide the resources necessary for the creation of a truly disciplinary penal system.

Keywords:   prison system, French Indochina, colonial prison system, modern penitentiary, Europe, U.S., corrective practices, prisoner-of-war camp

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