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Small Axe (2023) 27 (1 (70)): 100–122.
Published: 01 March 2023
...Guno Jones Through a close reading of Anton de Kom’s Wij slaven van Suriname ( We Slaves of Surinam e), this essay explores the complex legal, symbolic, social, and political lives of differentially positioned humans in the Dutch colonial and postindependent context. Firstly, De Kom’s 1934 book...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (3 (60)): 50–68.
Published: 01 November 2019
... purchasing power. The irony is that if Charles Collins’s words in Pueblos Hispanos heralded Puerto Rico as a beacon for an emancipated Caribbean region, the island continues to serve as a political harbinger for the region but now for envisioning postsovereign political horizons. Puerto Rican colonialism...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (2): 112–118.
Published: 01 June 2008
...Joscelyn Gardner Subverting Colonial Portraiture: A Contemporary Memorial to the Women of Egypt Estate Joscelyn Gardner Pointing to omissions in the history of colonial representation, Creole Portraits II (2007), commissioned for the Brooklyn Museum’s exhibition “Infinite Island...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (2 (44)): 36–52.
Published: 01 July 2014
...Alejandra Bronfman What accounts for the peculiar history of Jamaican broadcasting? This essay considers Kingston as a sonic terrain and examines the ways both colonial officials and residents of the islands engaged in a process of understanding Kingston's place within an emerging electroacoustic...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (1 (46)): 5–19.
Published: 01 March 2015
...Fayçal Falaky This essay engages the broad question of the relation between the French Enlightenment and colonial racial slavery by exploring the literature of planters and slavetraders in the French Caribbean and showing how the ideals of French Enlightenment philosophy were not always framed...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (3 (54)): 63–84.
Published: 01 November 2017
... of the colonial government, from racialist nuisance to the local elite to a primary threat to the security of the Jamaican state. The essay argues that a deeper understanding of the extent to which post-1952 US foreign policy shaped both local and colonial perceptions of people's struggles for sovereignty should...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (3 (54)): 98–110.
Published: 01 November 2017
... power, antiblack racism, and perceived accommodation to the island's dependency on the economic, cultural, and political institutions of the world system. A myriad of dissident organizations, personalities, and social forces challenged this dependency and rejected the unapologetic “coloniality of power...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (1 (55)): 1–17.
Published: 01 March 2018
...Jennifer L. Morgan From the moment of its introduction into the Atlantic world, hereditary racial slavery depended on an understanding that enslaved women’s reproductive lives would be tethered to the institution of slavery. At the same time, few colonial slave codes explicitly defined the status...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): 142–151.
Published: 01 July 2019
...Zaire Zenit Dinzey-Flores In Colonial Phantoms: Belonging and Refusal in the Dominican Americas, from the 19th Century to the Present (2018), Dixa Ramírez astutely and compellingly displays the opacity of the Dominican Republic’s history in the context of the Americas. She complicates trite...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): 132–141.
Published: 01 July 2019
...Sharina Maillo-Pozo Through a discussion of Dixa Ramírez’s Colonial Phantoms: Belonging and Refusal in the Dominican Americas, from the 19th Century to the Present (2018), this essay highlights and expands on the ways Dominican and Dominican American women have negotiated, resisted, and refused...
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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...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 195–205.
Published: 01 November 2020
... venerable witnesses to 1968. 4 As many of the members of what Stuart Hall dubbed the Caribbean’s “last colonial” generation born in the West Indies in the 1930s and 1940s, pass on, the recovery and reclamation takes on a particular urgency and poignancy. 5 For the neocolonial and neoliberal...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (2 (65)): 190–196.
Published: 01 July 2021
...Aaron Kamugisha This essay proffers a response to three critical engagements with the author’s 2019 Beyond Coloniality: Citizenship and Freedom in the Caribbean Intellectual Tradition . The author contextualizes Beyond Coloniality as a book that seeks to effect a challenging alliance between...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (3 (51)): 65–79.
Published: 01 November 2016
...Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel This essay reflects on the colonial Spanish Caribbean as a heuristic that enriches Caribbean studies. First, it meditates on the usefulness and limitations of applying the category of the Spanish Caribbean to the analysis of some pre- and post-seventeenth-century texts...
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Small Axe (2004) 8 (1 (15)): 82–105.
Published: 01 March 2004
...Nalini Persram Small Axe Incorporated 2004 The Importance of Being Cultural: Nationalist Thought and Jagan’s Colonial World Nalini Persram [O]nly a vulgar reductionist can insist that [nationalism’s] new political possibilities simply “emerge” out of a social structure...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (1 (37)): 20–35.
Published: 01 March 2012
... on the processual—how diasporic subjects are “made” and what happens when the histories of colonialism cannot contain what they have made. This essay reads Lowe as a figure who experiences both a loss of subjectivity and a reconstruction of a self, home, and history. © Small Axe, Inc. 2012 Transgender, Memory...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (1): 145–156.
Published: 01 February 2008
...Beth Fowkes Tobin This essay takes up a question that Krista Thompson poses in An Eye for the Tropics about whether the highly tropicalized and touristic imagery found in colonial photographs can be used to narrate black histories. She asks: “Can postcards, the very representations that denied...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (2 (65)): 169–170.
Published: 01 July 2021
...Mimi Sheller This essay reviews Aaron Kamugisha’s reading of the works of C. L. R. James and Sylvia Wynter in his 2019 book Beyond Coloniality: Citizenship and Freedom in the Caribbean Intellectual Tradition . Kamugisha issues a resounding call to reenergize the radical Caribbean intellectual...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (1 (70)): 1–18.
Published: 01 March 2023
...Najnin Islam A discourse of care undergirded colonial political rationality during the era of Indian indenture-ship in the Caribbean. In this essay the voyage of the Salsette from Calcutta to Trinidad in 1858 serves as an entry point into a broader conversation on the repeated archival invocation...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 129–145.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Aaron Kamugisha “Black Metamorphosis,” Sylvia Wynter's unpublished manuscript of the 1970s, is premised on the idea that the black experience of coloniality is crucial to comprehending the history of the New World. This essay traces the idea of black experience in “Black Metamorphosis” through...
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