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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 228–238.
Published: 01 November 2020
... contends that race has been overdetermined in ways that have historically understated the centrality of black labor to the emergence of modern capitalism, to anticapitalist struggle, and to the movement for universal freedom and a more broadly defined socialism. The essay concludes by asserting that black...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (2 (50)): 187–198.
Published: 01 July 2016
... politics and society. Obika Gray and Maziki Thame contributed review essays, tackling many of the issues explored in the book, including the Caribbean black power movement, the Grenada Revolution and its demise, the contemporary state of Jamaican politics, Caribbean intellectual traditions...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (2 (71)): 110–121.
Published: 01 July 2023
... ontologies grounded on the violent practices of othering while also pointing us toward new conditions of possibility based on relationality. Caribbean marronage Black social movements human speciesism colonialism La Colmena Cimarrona (the Maroon Beehive) is an agroecological project formalized...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (1 (40)): 263–280.
Published: 01 March 2013
... radical social movements. Through the FBI's surveillance and infiltration tactics (including the hiring of the bureau's first black agent for just this work), Garvey was ultimately convicted in 1923 and imprisoned in 1925 on the charge of defrauding investors through the US mail. 12 Most of the alleged...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (3 (72)): 15–31.
Published: 01 November 2023
...-states. Despite this long genealogy of social critique, however, their collective insights have yet to be taken seriously in formal movement politics and scholarship on regional anticolonial struggles. Instead, and as has generally been the case with self-taught Black women artists across the diaspora...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 47–61.
Published: 01 March 2016
... Bigger by the social order, the only opportunity to actualize his human power,” the materialism of “official Marxism” remains “unable to comprehend the social claim for recognition.” For this reason, during the 1960s, the black social movements became “the first form of revolt directed explicitly...
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Small Axe (2007) 11 (3): 1–15.
Published: 01 October 2007
... and dynamic factor within [the] Jamaican body politic and body social at this time, precisely because it provides hope for revolutionary change.”1 By “culture of dread” Beckford was referring to the dramatic growth of a counter-cultural black idiom that challenged the cultural hegemony of whiteness all...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (1 (52)): vii–x.
Published: 01 March 2017
... on to explain, “the strength of the UNIA's devoted following confirms yet again the fact that the real homeland of the movement during these years of the early nineteen-twenties was in the Caribbean. There it attained a depth and a breadth of social outreach and cultural meaning that no other area of the black...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (1 (70)): 143–153.
Published: 01 March 2023
... proposes the concept “decolonial citizenship” as a framework to tackle the archival and scholarly invisibility of Black women’s contributions to decolonial movements and their espousing new ways of belonging that are grounded in practices, geographies, epistemologies, and communities that persist despite...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (2 (68)): 93–99.
Published: 01 July 2022
... with re-centering Blacknesss in AfroLatinidad in response to the depoliticized usage of this identity. Through a focus on diaspora, movement, and the embodied fact of Blackness , the author argues that when thinking about negro (Black) and negritud (Blackness) from a transnational Spanish Caribbean...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (3 (54)): 98–110.
Published: 01 November 2017
..., Class , chap. 3. 26 See Gray, Radicalism and Social Change , for a review and assessment of the dissident movement. 27 Well before this incident involving Rodney, the JLP regime had repeatedly been at odds with intellectual critics there. In the mid-1960s, the regime not only banned Black...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (2 (65)): 125–141.
Published: 01 July 2021
... understanding and articulation of nation and national identity. Morejón contends that “for Guillén, poetic expression demands the transformation of language to incorporate the idiom of the black popular sector, as well as a revolutionary attitude toward aesthetic considerations to encompass social and political...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (2 (68)): 108–118.
Published: 01 July 2022
... were up. 29 This led many working-class Black people to feel that they had not advanced despite independence and fueled calls for structural change in conjunction with transnational Black Power movements of the time that sought to refashion the social positioning and meaning of Blackness. If Black...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (2 (32)): 17–41.
Published: 01 July 2010
... movement between the United States and Jamaica as symbolic of a certain international trajectory of US civil rights black consciousness, while conversely it obscures the broader questioning of ideas of emancipation and social transformation articulated through more layered struggles over political...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 65–80.
Published: 01 November 2020
..., in particular—in “making up” people for the new nation, and both share similar failings as traditionalist endeavors. 11 The foment of the 1930s opened up “social and discursive spaces hitherto defined as unspeakable or non-existent,” including for Black Nationalist middle-class women who sought space...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (3 (57)): 151–159.
Published: 01 November 2018
..., then, proceed by way of example. The indignities that black beings suffer and continue to suffer, whether in the bellies of slave ships, in the corridors of airports and schools, or on the rafts of Lampedusa, demand a new perspective. The social site of these indignities is the accreted accumulations...
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Small Axe (2001) 5 (2): 60–65.
Published: 01 September 2001
...David Austin Introduction to Walter Rodney David Austin hen the Congress of Black Writers took place in October 1968 in Montreal, the world was in a state of perpetual turmoil and social upheaval. Reading the news- paper headlines of the time, one would think...
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Small Axe (2002) 6 (1): 1–30.
Published: 01 March 2002
... types of nationalisms that emerged in Jamaica. If the Creole nationalist movement represented the aspirations of the Jamaican anticolonial middle class, then Henry’s movement drew its intellectual and political sources from another tradition in Jamaican political history—black redemptive thought...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (3 (54)): 152–166.
Published: 01 November 2017
... to the principle of dissent . Appearing in the wake of the 1960s, the book both inhabits, and is an expression of, an incipient, volatile social movement for change—involving a cross-section of subaltern or left positions, from Rastafari to the Black Power intelligentsia. As we have seen, Nettleford's own views...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 97–111.
Published: 01 March 2019
.... Meanwhile, there existed organizations and groupings throughout the anglophone Caribbean that advocated more radical programs for social and economic transformation. The WPJ was one such organization. The 1970s cannot be defined without reference to the powerful social movements around Black Power...