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Colonialism and Imperialism: French North Africa
(1,234 words)

The position of women in colonial society in North Africa was ambiguous; so too was the question of gender. European women were from the perceived “superior” civilization. As such they were above North African men and women in the colonial hierarchy but below European men. North African women were at the base of the gender pyramid. Colonial gender frameworks were more traditional than in metropolitan France, making their circumvention complex. Perceptions of women and women's agency in the colonial enterprise were als…

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Lorcin, Patricia M. E., “Colonialism and Imperialism: French North Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 28 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0071d>
First published online: 2009

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