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Small Axe (2010) 14 (1 (31)): 200–211.
Published: 01 March 2010
... jeremiads about how the settlement and exploitation of the Americas exemplified the darkness that is present in men's souls. Brown's vision of a Jamaica that looked like heaven but which was instead a hell on earth is compelling. I do wonder, however, whether in this hell there may have been some patches...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 150–168.
Published: 01 March 2019
...Honor Ford-Smith This essay discusses decolonization, performance, and education in the 1970s in Jamaica and argues that embodied performances of humans existing at the margins of power are both compelling as and productive of new forms of knowledge because they teach us to challenge enduring...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (1): 112–134.
Published: 01 March 2009
... utilized by the newly independent country of Jamaica to authorize a new concept of the self that had been marginalized under colonial rule. As a new and different model of achievement, the local and mostly black “ancestral” heroic figures and their attending monuments served to instill a sense of pride...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (2): 164–184.
Published: 01 July 2009
...Veerle Poupeye This essay reflects on how social unrest and violence are responded to in the mainstream visual arts of postcolonial Jamaica. The focus is on two particular moments of crisis: the social unrest and political violence during the Michael Manley administration in the 1970s...
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Small Axe (2001) 5 (2): 183–185.
Published: 01 September 2001
...Avram Bornstein Small Axe Incorporated 2001 Dancehall Ethnography in Jamaica Avram Bornstein Wake the Town and Tell the People: Dancehall Culture in Jamaica. Norman Stolzoff . Durham: Duke University Press, 2000. 298 pages. ude boys and rastas, selectors, sound systems...
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Small Axe (2003) 7 (1): 72–94.
Published: 01 March 2003
...Obika Gray Small Axe Incorporated 2003 Predation Politics and the Political Impasse in Jamaica Obika Gray RETHINKING THE IDENTITY OF POWER he huge and continuing social crisis in Jamaica has occasioned an outpouring of commentaries, most notably from journalists...
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Small Axe (2003) 7 (2): 137–149.
Published: 01 September 2003
...Patrick Bryan Small Axe Incorporated 2003 Aiding Imperialism: White Baptists in Nineteenth-Century Jamaica Patrick Bryan atherine Hall’s study is concerned with the imperial mind, with the crucible in which the imperial mind was created (in this case Birmingham), and how...
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Small Axe (2004) 8 (2): 100–118.
Published: 01 September 2004
...Catherine Amidon Small Axe Incorporated 2004 From Jamaica to the Diaspora Catherine Amidon he Jamaican pavilion at the Forty-Ninth Biennial in Venice was the result of the eff orts of a small group of individuals to bring Jamaican art into a major interna- tional...
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Small Axe (2004) 8 (2): 154–169.
Published: 01 September 2004
...Carolyn Cooper Small Axe Incorporated 2004 Enslaved in Stereotype: Race and Representation in Post‐Independence Jamaica Carolyn Cooper Dat fi bruck up an dash weh.¹ —Taxi driver document here in chronological order my contribution to the local...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (1 (31)): 30–45.
Published: 01 March 2010
...Rivke Jaffe This paper explores the existence of `ital chic' in Jamaica. A cross between ethical consumerism and the marketing of cool, ital chic represents an aesthetic repertoire and a commercial strategy based on Rastafari. The symbols and aesthetics of a Rastafari lifestyle, or `ital livity...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (1 (43)): 125–137.
Published: 01 March 2014
... was criticized for this wave of distress, and the blow to its credibility provoked new interest in alternative strategies. At that time, Jamaica had undergone a long series of adjustments, bringing the national economy into correspondence with the neoliberal approach by shifting more and more responsibility...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (2 (47)): 56–76.
Published: 01 July 2015
...James Robertson “Rewriting Dr. No ” reappraises the unexpected success of the first James Bond film and its depictions of colonial Jamaica just prior to independence. Recasting Ian Fleming's novel into a film prompted rewritings and alterations. Some reflect the transition to a script; others...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 1–16.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Alex Benson Claude McKay's “Cudjoe Fresh from de Lecture” first saw print in his 1912 volume Songs of Jamaica . Its speaker, whose voice appears in a densely patterned representation of Jamaican Creole, meditates on biological variation and colonial history. Setting the poem against discourses...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (3 (54)): 43–47.
Published: 01 November 2017
...David Scott This essay introduces the project of rethinking the cultural-political historiography of Jamaica of which “The Jamaican 1960s” is a contribution. It sets out the question in relation to the idea of a Jamaican intellectual tradition. Specifically, it inquires into the way the idea...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (3 (54)): 63–84.
Published: 01 November 2017
...Deborah A. Thomas In Rex Nettleford's Mirror Mirror: Identity, Race, and Protest in Jamaica , Rastafari appears as an expression of black knowledge and politics and as a barometer of the immediate postindependence security concerns as they related to black Jamaicans. This essay is interested...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (3 (54)): 98–110.
Published: 01 November 2017
...” that defined political rule in Jamaica. However, despite success in discrediting this power, serious weaknesses—including disunity, belief in radical will, all-consuming preoccupation with taking power, and naïveté about the modern power arrayed against them—kept dissidents at bay, with little success...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): vii–xiv.
Published: 01 March 2019
...David Scott The second half of Badiou in Jamaica is devoted to a “sustained application” of this schema to “the Jamaican situation” (21). Again we are reminded of Wright’s autobiographical impulse and the complex character of Jamaica’s cultural political history. Interestingly, Wright’s...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): 17–33.
Published: 01 July 2019
...Matthew Chin Drawing from the work of Jamaica’s Gay Freedom Movement (1977–84), this essay uses the term gaydren to consider the basis for activism around same-sex desire in Jamaica in the 1970s and 1980s. Gaydren is a combination of gay , a North Atlantic reference to subjects of same-sex desire...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 65–80.
Published: 01 November 2020
...Tracy Robinson; Deborah A. Thomas In Jamaica in the 1940s and 1950s, prominent women and women’s organizations led a notorious campaign to promote mass weddings. The campaign targeted working-class black Jamaicans living together in long-term heterosexual relationships and was aimed at improving...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 81–96.
Published: 01 November 2020
...Matthew Chin; Deborah A. Thomas This essay examines discourses of homosexuality in late colonial Jamaica through an analysis of the 1951 Police Enquiry, which leveraged accusations of homosexuality among Jamaica’s foreign police officers as a key component of its investigative work...