What are the conceptual terms through which one might think—or rethink—Jamaica today? What, in the present, is the theory-demand on Jamaica?1 How should we productively think the relation between “theory,” thought of as an analytical or interpretive apparatus (whatever its name), and “Jamaica,” conceived of as an historical and geopolitical object? What are the conceptual and rhetorical features of “theory” that need to be activated—or else, invented— to enable it to more adequately come to terms with or illuminate “Jamaica”? But also, and inverting the normative direction of the relation between theory and its object, What is the “Jamaica” in relation to which “theory” is supposed to think? What “Jamaica” is at stake in any practice of theorizing Jamaica? Is “Jamaica” merely passive in relation to theory’s purposes? Is “Jamaica” a self-evident entity whose contours can offer themselves up to...
David Scott; Preface: Badiou in Jamaica. Small Axe 1 March 2019; 23 (1 (58)): vii–xiv. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/07990537-7374394
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