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Small Axe (2021) 25 (3 (66)): 116–126.
Published: 01 November 2021
...Rinaldo Walcott This essay suggests that Caribbean studies and Black studies might be constituted as twins, arguing that Blackness and Black people are the foundational instituted terms of both studies. This argument is based in the author’s reading of the anglophone Caribbean and draws on Kamau...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (2 (44)): 173–179.
Published: 01 July 2014
...Tavia Nyong'o This essay reviews two recent publications in the area of black music and sound studies—Julian Henriques's Sonic Bodies: Reggae Sound Systems, Performance Techniques, and Ways of Knowing (2011) and Alexander G. Weheliye's Phonographies: Grooves in Sonic Afro-Modernity (2005)—taking...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (3 (45)): 152–161.
Published: 01 November 2014
...Omise'eke Natasha Tinsley; Matt Richardson This reflection argues that the oeuvre of Colin Dayan provides critical tools for the elaboration of black transgender studies. Specifically, the authors analyze the trial and imprisonment of black transgender activist CeCe MacDonald using Dayan's work...
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Small Axe (2006) 10 (1): 180–188.
Published: 01 February 2006
...Silvio Torres-Saillant Small Axe Incorporated 2006 Blackness and Meaning in Studying Hispaniola: A Review Essay Silvio Torres-Saillant Haitian-Dominican Counterpoint: Nation, Race, and State on Hispaniola, Eugenio Matibag. New York and Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003. ISBN: 0...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (1 (46)): 88–99.
Published: 01 March 2015
... discusses the significance of Hall's Caribbean origins and diaspora identity for his later intellectual and theoretical work. © Small Axe, Inc. 2015 Black British cultural studies Marxism Althusser racial formations diaspora 1 Stuart Hall, “Minimal Selves,” in L. Appignanesi, ed...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (3 (57)): 151–159.
Published: 01 November 2018
...Rinaldo Walcott This essay suggests that Christina Sharpe’s In the Wake: On Blackness and Being calls us to attend to the limits of what freedom means for black people around the world. By reading some recent conceptual claims in black studies alongside Sharpe’s work, it seeks to demonstrate...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (3 (48)): 205–224.
Published: 01 November 2015
... encounter between art history and black studies. © Small Axe, Inc. 2015 art-historical writing African diasporic art black cultural theory contemporary criticism We start with a story. In 2002, while researching the dissertation from which my first book, Bound to Appear: Art, Slavery...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (2 (62)): 197–207.
Published: 01 July 2020
... the epistemological and political purview of the radical wing of black studies, the essay focuses on four topics that appear in Plummer’s and Burden-Stelly’s comments: (1) the question of class, and in particular the role of the Caribbean middle classes, in the history of finance, banking, imperial expansion...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 62–78.
Published: 01 March 2016
... of Césaire's work for Wynter's own work over time. The argument is that “Black Metamorphosis” makes a contribution to the study of maroonage narrowly construed, while also transcending the ironically narrow conception of maroonage as a bound empirical reference. The manuscript speaks of “species of maroonage...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 37–46.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Aaron Kamugisha This essay introduces Sylvia Wynter's “Black Metamorphosis: New Natives in a New World,” an unpublished 900-plus-page manuscript written by Wynter in the 1970s. “Black Metamorphosis” is a remarkable manuscript, and it deserves close study for a number of reasons. It is arguably...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (2): 4–25.
Published: 01 July 2009
... descent as a homogeneous branch of the human famly. The article invites reflection on the need to study the black experience internationally without a preordained narrative of racial self-affirmation, warning that the expectation that blacks will articulate their racial identity everywhere in the same way...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (2): 26–38.
Published: 01 July 2009
...Michelle Stephens Looking back at the dialogue between Black British Cultural Studies and African American Studies that occurred during the 1980s and 1990s, when Stuart Hall first asked the question, “What is this black in black popular culture?” this article explores how that conversation has...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 79–91.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Katherine McKittrick This essay studies Sylvia Wynter's “Black Metamorphosis” and draws attention to the ways plantocratic systems generated black creative activities that rebelled against the tenets of white supremacy and its attendant order of consciousness. Building on Wynter's insights...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 92–112.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Tonya Haynes This essay traces the rise of the crisis school of Caribbean heteromasculinity studies through a critical reading across popular writing, policy research, and scholarly work on Caribbean masculinity. Mobilizing insights that Sylvia Wynter articulated in “Black Metamorphosis...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (2 (38)): 198–212.
Published: 01 July 2012
... difference. Ultimately, he contends, annotating black cultural production—and exploring its implications for subjects on all sides of the color line—means thinking seriously about how we constitute our objects of study as well as the methodological techniques we employ to narrate their material and temporal...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 175–184.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Samantha Pinto This essay argues that there has been a subtle revolution in African diaspora studies that is emerging across very recent scholarship. Alexandra T. Vazquez's Listening in Detail: Performances of Cuban Music (Duke, 2013) is part of a larger movement in the field of black diaspora...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (1 (67)): 181–190.
Published: 01 March 2022
...Kevon Rhiney This essay draws on Jovan Scott Lewis’s Scammer’s Yard: The Crime of Black Repair in Jamaica (2020), a rich ethnographic study of lottery scammers in Jamaica and the ethical logic they use to justify scamming as a form of reparations, to think about the limits of Black reparative...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (1 (55)): 172–180.
Published: 01 March 2018
...Wayne Marshall This essay responds to Louis Chude-Sokei’s The Sound of Culture: Diaspora and Black Technopoetics by highlighting the book’s crucial musical threads in order to examine how it reorients specific histories of black music, offers new openings for musicology and sound studies, and makes...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (2 (44)): 95–107.
Published: 01 July 2014
... historiographical traditions deeply ingrained in the rise of the fields of medical history and black Atlantic studies have created distorting, and seemingly unconnected, narratives around medicine and corporeality. Arguing that black understandings about health, disease, and healing practices were not only widely...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (2 (65)): 16–35.
Published: 01 July 2021
... and the Mighty Sparrow’s calypsos concern the impact of centuries of Atlantic slavery on black hearing and speaking. They expose the racial and economic determinants of sound studies’ advocacy of indifferent listening and pure sound environments. In contrast, Caribbean histories of resourceful hearing...
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