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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 62–76.
Published: 01 March 2019
...Rachel L. Mordecai Despite burgeoning interest in the cultural politics of the Jamaican 1970s, little critical attention has been paid to texts engaging that era in a popular-fiction mode. Starting from the conviction that popular-fiction texts potentially offer new ways of construing...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 52–61.
Published: 01 March 2019
...Donette Francis This essay argues that the Jamaican 1970s is perhaps the most contested decade in Jamaican historiography. While there remains a contest over the positions and the stakes of narrating this period, there is consensus of the traumatic hold of the Jamaican 1970s that was at once...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 134–149.
Published: 01 March 2019
... of a charged, explicit, and heightened sense of racial identity among young black Britons. This essay seeks to reflect on the influence of Jamaican 1970s on the creation of a second diaspora. In so doing, it utilizes examples of British reggae music, a photograph by Vanley Burke, and the poetry of Linton Kwesi...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 77–96.
Published: 01 March 2019
... achievement of the highest score signify that the jolt of the 1970s did shift the needle, however slightly, on the valorization of black culture, even as it ultimately failed to change much in regard to the material oppression of black working-class Jamaicans? And did that failure result in the apathy...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 181–186.
Published: 01 November 2020
... to be. At the Jamaican 1970s convening, the autobiographically fused essays offered by political scientist Brian Meeks and literary critic Kim Robinson-Walcott helped us rethink the intimate limits of revolutionary temporalities. Robinson-Walcott weaved her own personal autobiography, contemporary poetry, and social...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 169–186.
Published: 01 March 2019
... in a small Jamaican sugar town in the late 1950s, during the last, laborious years of constitutional decolonization, when he himself, still principally a union leader, had yet to fully enter the political arena; but its recall, notably, was occasioned by the transformative 1970s when he was already...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (3 (54)): 43–47.
Published: 01 November 2017
... time. Thus by the time the essays here are published in November 2017, we will have convened a second symposium, on the Jamaican 1970s. For all serious students of Jamaica, the decade of the 1970s is a watershed for many reasons—not least for the cultural and political upheavals embodied in reggae...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (2 (32)): 17–41.
Published: 01 July 2010
...Carter Mathes This article examines transnational circulations of Afro-Jamaican and African-American political culture during 1960s and 1970s (roughly encompassing Jamaican independence, the transitions between Black Power and post–Black-Power era United States, and the year of escalating political...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): vii–xiv.
Published: 01 March 2019
... and Jamaica. By we , here, I mean especially those of us who take ourselves to have a stake in the question of Jamaica, that is, who in some measure locate ourselves in something like a Jamaican intellectual tradition (see the discussion in this issue, “The Jamaican 1970s,” which is part of an ongoing...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 97–111.
Published: 01 March 2019
...Rupert Lewis This essay examines the ideological and political circumstances in Jamaica and the anglophone Caribbean that led to the emergence of the Workers Party of Jamaica in 1978. It explores the ways Jamaican radicals in the 1970s appropriated and applied the ideas of Marx and Lenin...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): 17–33.
Published: 01 July 2019
... as Jamaicans in the 1970s and 1980s were connected to sexual minority individuals and organizations in other countries, the terms on which these connections were formed were not widely shared across the island, given the variegated landscape of sexual politics during this period. The term gay , as a form...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (3 (60)): 34–49.
Published: 01 November 2019
... inducing total temporal vertigo by jumping between contexts and producing a Benjaminian “shock” of unanticipated “constellation” between two songs-and-contexts. 39 A cumulative feature of these constellations has been the haunting of the Jamaican musical archive, as producers from the late 1970s onward...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 53–64.
Published: 01 November 2020
... prior conferences—on the Jamaican 1960s and the Jamaican 1970s, convened in Miami and New York, respectively—the conference on the Jamaican 1950s was meant to contribute to our ongoing overall concern to rehistoricize the Jamaican cultural-political modern. Our aim in the series of symposia has been...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 143–163.
Published: 01 November 2020
... modern cultural identity, which could be written, painted, sculpted, sung, and danced into existence. 11 This position was later elaborated in Rex Nettleford’s 1978 Caribbean Cultural Identity , which placed it in the context of the political and cultural radicalization of the Jamaican 1970s...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (2): 164–184.
Published: 01 July 2009
... that was, after all, in keeping with his thematic interests. The ideological battles and violence of the 1970s were, predictably, a defining concern in Jamaican art of that period, and Boxer’sKindertotenlied is one of several iconic works that were created in response. The turmoil of the 1970s...
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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 (2017) 21 (3 (54)): 152–166.
Published: 01 November 2017
... work on the Jamaican 1960s, Mirror Mirror: Identity, Race, and Protest in Jamaica . 5 Published in 1970, Mirror Mirror is arguably the first book of its kind to appear in postindependence Jamaica. A volume of substantial, carefully calibrated, and interconnected essays written by a Jamaican...
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Small Axe (2006) 10 (3): 111–124.
Published: 01 October 2006
... Anthony Payne has noted: “During the 1970s many black Jamaicans did come to feel for the first time that they were full members of a national community, entitled to be treated as citizens on an equal basis with others of a lighter skin.”3 This era of democratic socialism also coincided...
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Small Axe (2007) 11 (2): 66–87.
Published: 01 June 2007
... and image-making, particularly in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. This omission would seem to suggest that the Rasta contribution to Jamaican and Caribbean art has been on a relatively small scale, confined primarily to reggae music and craft production. But the outsider view when taken...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (3 (57)): 1–12.
Published: 01 November 2018
... individual acts of violence and by drawing on a heterogeneous mix of fictional genres to capture various aspects of the tide of violence saturating the Jamaican political scene of the latter 1970s and then accompanying the rise of the transnational Jamaican drug “posses”: gang crime fiction to capture some...