Book ID: CBB663158260

Medical Imperialism in French North Africa: Regenerating the Jewish Community of Colonial Tunis (2017)

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Parks, Richard C. (Author)


University of Nebraska Press


Publication Date: 2017
Physical Details: 216 pages
Language: English

French-colonial Tunisia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries witnessed shifting concepts of identity, including varying theories of ethnic essentialism, a drive toward “modernization,” and imperialist interpretations of science and medicine. As French colonizers worked to realize ideas of a “modern” city and empire, they undertook a program to significantly alter the physical and social realities by which the people of Tunisia lived, often in ways that continue to influence life today.Medical Imperialism in French North Africa demonstrates the ways in which diverse members of the Jewish community of Tunis received, rejected, or reworked myriad imperial projects devised to foster the social, corporeal, and moral “regeneration” of their community. Buttressed by the authority of science and medicine, regenerationist schemes such as urban renewal projects and public health reforms were deployed to destroy and recast the cultural, social, and political lives of Jewish colonial subjects. Richard C. Parks expands on earlier scholarship to examine how notions of race, class, modernity, and otherness shaped these efforts. Looking at such issues as the plasticity of identity, the collaboration and contention between French and Tunisian Jewish communities, Jewish women’s negotiation of social power relationships in Tunis, and the razing of the city’s Jewish quarter, Parks fills the gap in current literature by focusing on the broader transnational context of French actions in colonial Tunisia.

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Authors & Contributors
Keller, Richard Charles
Nuñez Espallargas, José M.
Pelis, Kim
Borgwardt, Götz
Ben Azzouna, Rana
Hamdane, Ridha
Journals
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Revue d'Histoire de la Pharmacie
Llull: Revista de la Sociedad Española de Historia de las Ciencias y de las Técnicas
Korot: The Israel Journal of the History of Medicine and Science
Journal of Historical Geography
Gesnerus
Publishers
University of Chicago Press
University of Rochester Press
Routledge
Mabuse-Verlag
University of Pennsylvania
Edizioni Cadmo
Concepts
France, colonies
Medicine
Jewish civilization and culture
Jews
Colonialism
Biographies
People
Nicolle, Charles Jules Henry
Sánchez Cózar, Santiago
Villar, Emilio Huguet del
Pinel, Philippe
Gessard, Carle
Boas, Franz
Time Periods
20th century, early
19th century
20th century
Medieval
Early modern
Renaissance
Places
Tunisia
North Africa
Algeria
Morocco
Germany
Great Britain
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