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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 (2022) 26 (1 (67)): 69–84.
Published: 01 March 2022
... go unaccounted for and counters the commodification of select heroes by giving voice to the voiceless and minimizing the iconization of Victor Schoelcher and sacrificial hero Louis Delgrès. Maximin’s novel proves a resistant act intended to fracture the continuity of French colonial power maintained...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 150–168.
Published: 01 March 2019
... and the relationship they produce with the bodies of their audience do not keep still. Gestures and sound disappear—eluding the fixity of colonial power as institution. If we place Nettleford’s example from dance in dialogue with Taylor’s theory of performance as comprising repertoires of knowledge, we can see how...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): 132–141.
Published: 01 July 2019
... powers and the Dominican elite. Dixa Ramírez’s careful research and insightful monograph Colonial Phantoms: Belonging and Refusal in the Dominican Americas, from the 19th Century to the Present explicates the intricacies of these relationships and raises many important questions, prompting new lines...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (2 (62)): 122–132.
Published: 01 July 2020
... colonialism as the underlying power structure reinforcing debt and political subservience. What can be perceived or accomplished outside the self-perpetuating frame of crisis? This essay sketches the contours of a different approach, one that considers what Puerto Ricans owe to each other as well as accounts...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (2 (68)): 24–45.
Published: 01 July 2022
...Jenny Sharpe Although the signs of Indo-Jamaican and Afro-Jamaican cohabitation are present in a late-nineteenth-century photographic archive, the visual power of an imperial picturesque obscures the evidence that exists in plain view. The illusion of self-contained villages of imported Indian...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 206–217.
Published: 01 November 2020
... as a serious political framework for defeating both racism and colonialism, all the speakers were male. This essay critiques the masculinist politics of Black Power at the congress and analyzes how Austin navigates the absence of women’s voices among the congress’s speakers. I think of Jones’s vision of “new...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (1): 112–134.
Published: 01 March 2009
... to examine the impact of visual culture in the production of power in the national public-historical sphere. Prior to independence British colonial authority and history in Jamaica had been sup- ported by a number of connected cultural sites such as exhibitions, the history curriculum, parades...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (2 (32)): 168–178.
Published: 01 July 2010
... of Jamaican national becoming by insisting on the creative power of Jamaica's racial and cultural heterogeneity. On the one hand, the memoir honors domesticity as the necessary and valuable work of nurturing family and community while maintaining discreet lines of demarcation between the persona...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): 123–131.
Published: 01 July 2019
... multiple patterns of “ghosting,” which pertain to “powerful ways in which colonial, imperial, and nationalist entities wield their power.” 3 In turn, she proposes that counteracting “the territory’s ghosting within larger Western discourses, for better or worse” has been central to Dominican cultural...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (2 (65)): 1–15.
Published: 01 July 2021
...Nadège Veldwachter Using the field of humanitarianism as the critical locus, this essay reflects on what Haiti, called the “Republic of NGOs,” can teach us about unsettling the coloniality of being, power, and freedom if we acknowledge in our critical thought system the acts of humanitarianism...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (3 (51)): 199–205.
Published: 01 November 2016
... of justice and political redress in multiple ways because of how longstanding histories of colonialism, imperialism, and unequal global power structures always already refract these across places and borders. 22 For example, a clergyman is cited in a recently published news report from March 2016: “[Rev...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 129–145.
Published: 01 March 2016
... of the Western bourgeoisie—in Marx's words, the “insipid childishness … preached to us in defence of property”—the drama of coloniality requires a critique beyond even that imagined in Marx's exposure of the social reorderings and upheavals unleashed by capitalism (710–12). 33 “The power and effectiveness...
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Small Axe (2001) 5 (2): 21–40.
Published: 01 September 2001
... in the history of colonialism in British Guiana is remark- able. For the British Empire, the year 1953 was a disaster. During that year, a radi- cal, class-based nationalist movement led by a group of indigenous professionals and Ta Jewish-American Marxist woman was swept to power in the colony. 5 e...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (2 (68)): 144–153.
Published: 01 July 2022
... as much as external nature. 5 Despite the significance of highlighting the spectacular violence of military presence as well as anticolonial struggle violently crushed by colonial power, I rather consider forms of economic capture and control as the limit cases for the perceptual challenges of living...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (1 (70)): 1–18.
Published: 01 March 2023
...,” South Atlantic Quarterly 120, no. 2 (2021): 325–42. 15 I am drawing here on David Scott’s definitions: “targets” refers to the points and objects of power’s application and the modes through which power seeks these out; “field of operation” refers to “the zone that colonial power actively...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (1 (55)): 181–190.
Published: 01 March 2018
... specifies the return as a point “from which we were turned away” one must be more explicit than he, arguably one of the most important black thinkers in the diaspora to not place Africa at the center of his poetics and politics. Such a point may be framed by whiteness or colonial power but the interactions...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (1 (37)): 20–35.
Published: 01 March 2012
... labor, and major colonial powers, like Britain, merely shifted their gaze east for labor resources. After the slaves were freed in Jamaica in the 1830s, the plantocratic interests found black labor too expensive; Chinese labor was cheaper and easier to get. Chinese laborers who...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (3 (57)): 47–55.
Published: 01 November 2018
... formation of surveillance.” Maroons were integral to the production, development, and refinement of security techniques, and they serve to catalogue various colonial attempts to track and to manage black bodies through tactics of power and immobility. Browne, in her work, contends that in fact “ ‘bio...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (2 (71)): 128–135.
Published: 01 July 2023
..., Maroon peoples were among the most precarious, impoverished, desperate, reviled, and persecuted—under the gun and menaced with death or reenslavement. The stark dangers of their fugitive realities explain the multiple cases in which Maroon leaders struck deals with colonial powers, sometimes notoriously...