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Small Axe (2017) 21 (1 (52)): 250–259.
Published: 01 March 2017
... interrogate how his personal story—both how he tells it and how it circulates—supports the narrative of exponential, unusual, and unmitigated Caribbean homophobia. 9 As with the personal narratives of Jamaicans Staceyann Chinn and Maurice Tomlinson, an individual's story becomes understood as the country's...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (3 (45)): 1–17.
Published: 01 November 2014
... legitimate subjects by the state. In contrast to research focused on homophobia in the Caribbean as largely a product of religious teachings or a relic of the Victorian era, this essay instead suggests that powerful histories of physical control and discipline influence contemporary beliefs about the “threat...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (3 (51)): 100–112.
Published: 01 November 2016
...-identified, anti-racist, feminist movements. © Small Axe, Inc. 2016 anti-Haitianism negrophobia misogyny homophobia Dominican Republic Santo Domingo—and, by extension, the Hispanic Caribbean—is the birthplace of modernity's paradox personified. Modernity's central historical innovations in...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (2 (32)): 83–96.
Published: 01 July 2010
...  |  Riffing on Omeros: The Relevance of Isaac Julien to Cultural Politics in the Caribbean of homophobia in dancehall and hip-hop in the documentary The Darker Side of Black (1994), which has met with resistance on the various occasions it has been shown in Barbados. This is...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 22–35.
Published: 01 March 2020
...Yomaira C. Figueroa This essay contends that Caribbean conceptualizations of relation, understood through the theorizing and political organizing of women of color feminists, offer decolonial possibilities that enable radical remappings of the Afro-Atlantic. The essay argues that the political and...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (1 (46)): 159–168.
Published: 01 March 2015
... Guyana's Stabroek News . Antiromance (not to be confused with any loss of love) is also reflected today in the willingness of sexual minorities and non-gender-conforming individuals and groups to at once “expose” local Caribbean brands of homophobia and heterosexism, while at the same time refusing to...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (1 (31)): 1–15.
Published: 01 March 2010
...)modernity’s engagement with discipliniza- tion has been an insidious contraction of the category human and counterdiscourses that aim to “facilitate structural failures in some of foundationalism’s most heinous formations— racism, patriarchy, homophobia, ageism.”1 Caribbean feminisms tell such a story...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (2 (56)): 35–56.
Published: 01 July 2018
...Tao Leigh Goffe This essay focuses on artwork that centers family photographs and home movies as a point of departure to trouble the conventional family album in order to narrate a story about Caribbean Chinese kinship. In the art examined, personal visual archives are used to respond to the lacuna...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (2 (35)): 7–23.
Published: 01 July 2011
... First Stone Interventions: The International Journal of Postcolonial Studies 6, no. 1 (2004): 118–34. Timothy Chin describes the controversy over Buju Banton’s “Boom Bye Bye” in “ ‘Bullers’ and ‘Battymen’: Contesting Homophobia in Black Popular Culture and Contemporary Caribbean...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (2 (38)): 43–59.
Published: 01 July 2012
... so doing, the authors highlight the ways historical gender and racial stereotypes inform contemporary understandings of Caribbean gender and sexuality. Anchoring this discussion in recent theories about sex and sexuality and specifically examining mixed-race and white Caribbean women, Sam Vásquez...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (1 (55)): 71–84.
Published: 01 March 2018
... Southern Caribbean. After offering a brief history of the faith, the piece focuses on the spiritual moorings of one particularly prominent queer Caribbean artist and religious elder. This work is committed to the belief that one of the richest territories of black queer experience has long been our...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (3 (54)): 1–16.
Published: 01 November 2017
...Curdella Forbes This examination of Marlon James's novel The Book of Night Women and a selection of Clovis Brown's newspaper cartoons posits these Jamaican-authored works as texts that instantiate a uniquely Caribbean aesthetics of horror in their response to historical and contemporary events...
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Small Axe (2007) 11 (3): 130–138.
Published: 01 October 2007
...’: Contesting Homophobia in Black Popular Contemporary Caribbean Literature,” Callaloo 20, no. 1 (1997): 127–41. For a discussion of the deep investment in heterosexual masculinity for working-class Jamaicans, see Robert Carr, “‘On Judgements’: Poverty, Sexuality-Based Violence and Human Rights...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (1 (37)): 20–35.
Published: 01 March 2012
... to many of the Chinese in the Caribbean in the early twentieth century, loses connections to the language, history, and land of his birth as he forges an identity in his new home. In an illumination of a history not explored, The Pagoda , with its multiple crossings of gender, race, and desire...
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Small Axe (2007) 11 (3): 154–166.
Published: 01 October 2007
... issues of sovereignty seem to be waged more force­ fully in the domain of sexuality is most relevant here) even as hate crimes continue to rise in the West, a formation which works in the reverse to authorize neo-imperial states to discipline Caribbean states about homophobia. Heightened imperialism...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (2 (62)): 35–52.
Published: 01 July 2020
... their abusers, to break the silence surrounding sexual abuse, and to advocate for survivors. Situating the Tambourine Army within traditions of women’s protest and contemporary forms of cyberactivism in the Caribbean, this essay examines the ways the group enacted a sonic disruption to the public and...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 206–217.
Published: 01 November 2020
... understanding of black radicalism in Canada, the Caribbean, and the African diaspora, more broadly. This work decenters the United States as the nexus of Black Power, allowing readers to think about Canada as an understudied site of black radical organizing. While the congress viewed Black Nationalism as a...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (3 (48)): 91–101.
Published: 01 November 2015
...Jennifer M. Wilks This essay positions Negritude thinker Suzanne Césaire (1915–66) as a cultural critic whose “writings of dissent” remain relevant both in the Caribbean of her birth and the Europe of her death. Although far-right politicians have argued for contemporary France's return to its...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (2 (56)): 128–143.
Published: 01 July 2018
... the duration of his service, as he and his husband promoted an “out and proud” homonormativity that contradicts the more conventional “open secret” of LGBT lives in the Caribbean. This essay draws on ethnographic field notes, participatory research, and an online archive regarding the climate for LGBT...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (3 (42)): 16–34.
Published: 01 November 2013
...Jane Bryce In a context of educational, social, and financial marginalization of artistic practice in the anglophone Caribbean, the high degree of self-motivation and resilience required of artists is often manifest in their work. This essay profiles one such artist, the young Vincentian Caroline...