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Race, Colonialism, and Social Transformation in Latin America and the Caribbean$
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Jerome Branche

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813032641

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813032641.001.0001

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Creole Counterdiscourses and French Departmental Hegemony

Creole Counterdiscourses and French Departmental Hegemony

Reclaiming “Here” from “There”

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(p.257) 10 Creole Counterdiscourses and French Departmental Hegemony
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Race, Colonialism, and Social Transformation in Latin America and the Caribbean
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ADLAI H. MURDOCH

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813032641.003.0011

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

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