The Black Populations of France

Sylvain Pattieu, Emmanuelle Sibeud, and Tyler Stovall (dir.), The Black Populations of France, University of Nebraska Press, 2022

Histories from Metropole to Colony

Informations techniques

Éditeur : University of Nebraska Press
ISBN Hardcover : 978-1-4962-2881-9
ISBN Paperback : 978-1-4962-2899-4
ISBN eBook (EPUB) : 978-1-4962-2997-7
ISBN eBook (Pdf) : 978-1-4962-2998-4
Date de parution : février 2022
236 p.


The Black Populations of France is a study of Black peoples and their history in France and the French Empire during the modern era, from the eighteenth century to the present. The contributors to this collection explore three main axes. The first addresses circulations—the ways Black populations have moved through the spaces of metropolitan France and the empire—and focuses on the actors themselves and the margins of maneuver available to them, particularly as soldiers, sailors, immigrants, or political militants. The second considers legacies and the ways the past has informed the present, addressing themes such as the memory of slavery, the histories of Black women and gender, and the historical influence of African Americans on Blacks in France. The final axis considers racial policy and the ways the state has shaped racial discourses through the interactions between state policies and ideas of race developed by individuals, organizations, and communities. The Black Populations of France makes an important contribution to both modern French history and the history of the global Black diaspora. By putting these histories in dialogue with each other, it underscores the central place of France in world history.

La direction de l’ouvrage

Sylvain Pattieu is a lecturer in history at University of Paris 8. He is the author of several books written and published in French.

Emmanuelle Sibeud is a professor of contemporary history at the University of Paris 8. She is the author of several books written and published in French.

Tyler Stovall (1954–2021) was the dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Fordham University. He was the author of a number of books, including White Freedom : The Racial History of an Idea.

Table des matières

List of Illustrations

Introduction : A Historical Mosaic
Sylvain Pattieu, Emmanuelle Sibeud, and Tyler Stovall

Part 1. Colonial France in Africa

1. The Inopportune Citizenship of the Inhabitants of Sainte-Marie in Madagascar (1907–49) : An Imperial Contradiction ?
Emmanuelle Sibeud, translated by Tyler Stovall

2. Colonial Misappropriations of Trans-Saharan Legacies : Abid al-Bukhari and Tirailleurs Sénégalais in Imperial and Colonial Morocco
Sarah Zimmerman

3. Returning from France after World War II : African Soldiers and the Reshaping of Colonial and Racial Categories in French West Africa
Ruth Ginio

Part 2. Blacks in Metropolitan France

4. Black Families in France (Eighteenth–Nineteenth Centuries) : Some Cases
Pierre H. Boulle

5. By Land or By Sea : Marins Indigènes and Maritime Economies of Race and Labor
Minayo Nasiali

6. “A Woman Like Any Other” : The Intimacy of Dislocation in Early Twentieth-Century Paris and Rufisque
Jennifer Anne Boittin

7. BUMIDOM 1963–82 : Organizing Overseas Migrations to the Metropole, Actions and Contradictions
Sylvain Pattieu, translated by Tyler Stovall

Part 3. The Politics of Race in France Today

8. Contemporary French Caribbean Politics
Audrey Célestine, translated by Tyler Stovall

9. Racially Imprinted Bodies : The Black Feminine Press in Contemporary France
Sarah Fila-Bakabadio

10. France in Noir and Black : Stereotypes and the Politics of the Recognition of Black Populations
Franck F. Ekué, translated by Tyler Stovall

11. Solidarity or Difference ? : African Americans and the Making of Black France
Tyler Stovall

Conclusion : Toward a History of Black France, and a Black History of France
Sylvain Pattieu, Emmanuelle Sibeud, and Tyler Stovall