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Children of the French EmpireMiscegenation and Colonial Society in French West Africa 1895-1960$
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Owen White

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198208198

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208198.001.0001

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Race and Heredity

Race and Heredity

(p.93) 4 Race and Heredity
Children of the French Empire


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This chapter discusses how a widespread but important abstract interest in miscegenation in metropolitan France found a concrete expression in the treatment of mÉtis in West Africa. It analyses the work of a variety of writers and social scientists in the metropole from the mid-19th century on. It suggests that the characteristics ascribed to mÉtis usually reflected French fears of cultural and racial decline.

Keywords:   race, heredity, mÉtis, miscegenation, West Africa, metropole, racial decline, cultural decline

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