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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 System: Fragmented Order and Integrative Dynamics

The System: Fragmented Order and Integrative Dynamics

(p.38) 2 The System: Fragmented Order and Integrative Dynamics
The Colonial Bastille

Peter Zinoman

University of California Press

This chapter describes the fragmented order and integrative dynamics of the prison system in French Indochina. It suggests that the decentralized and heterogeneous character of the Indochinese prison system embodied the chaotic and unsystematic workings of the colonial state. It argues that the Indochinese prison's indiscriminate treatment of different categories of prisoners points to the limits of colonial modernity and it also served as an institutional mainspring for the development in Indochina of a modern political identity.

Keywords:   prison system, French Indochina, colonial state, prisoners, colonial modernity, political identity

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