Le Congo belge entre mythe et réalité

March 2000
Population (00324663);mar/avr2000, Vol. 55 Issue 2, p331
Academic Journal
Textual analysis is a technique for the systematic study of narratives and texts in order to bring out the content and underlying ideology. This study applies the technique in an examination of Belgian colonial literature on population questions. The object is to increase understanding of the context in which colonial population policies were formulated, and to identify the presuppositions that lay behind the operations for colleclion of demographic data at this time. The analysis establishes that Belgian colonial literature on demography is on the whole permeated by fears about depopulation, though variations on this theme can be identified, notably in studies dealing with specific regions.


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