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Small Axe (2020) 24 (2 (62)): 133–146.
Published: 01 July 2020
...Natasha Lightfoot The crisis unleashed in Barbuda by Hurricane Irma in 2017 followed centuries of neglect by the British colonial state and then by the postcolonial government of its sister island, Antigua. Barbuda developed customary communal-land tenure as a result of its peculiarities in slavery...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (1 (64)): 15–27.
Published: 01 March 2021
... grounds as a land commons that produce food sovereignty and communal identity. Then he represents the Jamaican Maroons’ local ecological knowledge as a source of resistance to plantation economies. Using Sylvia Wynter’s environmental theories of resistance, this essay argues that Wedderburn’s political...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (3 (51)): 32–48.
Published: 01 November 2016
... leaves out due to their adjacency to continental land masses, such as San Andrés, Providencia, and Santa Catalina, along with those African-descended populations whose histories of marginality have shaped them into highly distinct communities such as the Garifuna of Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (2 (71)): 110–121.
Published: 01 July 2023
... and national laws and institutions. 42 For example, Casimir saw flight, autonomy, and reinvention not just in the hidden hills but also in the communal land holding of the countryside; the informal logics of rural markets; gardens; Vodou temples; Kreyòl language use; and other daily practices. More recently...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (2 (62)): 67–77.
Published: 01 July 2020
... of state violence that foreclose emancipatory alternatives to party politics. 27 Natasha Lightfoot situates the aftermath of Hurricane Irma against the history of communal land tenure in postemancipation Barbuda. As she details, the displacement of Barbudans is seized by Antigua and Barbuda state...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (2 (38)): 23–42.
Published: 01 July 2012
... stones. I am using plot here to mean various forms of personal and communal space: for one, the smallholdings, parcels of land that ex-slaves purchased for themselves after emancipation. These became the basis of the concept of family land, which, as has been variously pointed out, 2 was never sold...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (3 (57)): 47–55.
Published: 01 November 2018
... to marronage as an assemblage, marked by repeated practices of flight, and as a remaking of structures and possibilities of community and a renegotiation of relationships to space, land, and territoriality in response to ongoing structures of colonial violence and the forging of a range of practices for making...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 96–102.
Published: 01 March 2020
..., writers in local Creole language advanced an anticolonial critique based on the values of working-class peasants. Similar to the case of the Maroon community converted into agriculture evoked by Betances, the West Indian writers featured on Caribbean Voices portrayed the land and peasantry...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (3 (66)): 134–146.
Published: 01 November 2021
... memory as an inscription onto the flesh. 6 My framing of Indigenous Blackness thus comes directly from my interlocutors. In the context of Caribbean coastal Central America, Garinagu communities articulate their Caribbean Indigeneity as one bounded to land rights; this is why Garifuna Settlement...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (3 (45)): 64–77.
Published: 01 November 2014
... community recognizes the sovereignty of the nation-state, the world republic of letters legitimizes authors and texts produced within a particular national context. 2 It demands that a writer belong (juridically) to somewhere . Although the world republic of letters claims to be worldly, denationalized...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (1 (70)): 34–50.
Published: 01 March 2023
... as “the peasant sensibility,” a Caribbean tradition of feeling toward the land. George Lamming Caribbean poetics affectivity Raymond Williams decolonization George Lamming’s complex rhetorical and aesthetic elaboration of the faculty of vision in his oeuvre has received considerable critical attention...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (3 (54)): 179–187.
Published: 01 November 2017
... value of the jíbaro and its land-based identity for the wider Puerto Rican community. Still, the fact that Burgos's initial engagement with water comes not through the sea (as was mentioned in regards to Walcott) but through the river offers a clue as to her position within Puerto Rican and Caribbean...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (3 (42)): 1–15.
Published: 01 November 2013
... segregations are just some of the ways the lands of no one were carved up to distinguish between and regulate the relations of indigenous, nonindigenous, African, and colonial communities, with some geographies still being cast as uninhabitable for particular groups; sites such as reservations, slave quarters...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (1 (43)): 164–172.
Published: 01 March 2014
... to disentangle and others besides. Diaspora , Thomas notes, is “worldwide African community” and diaspora is, too, and differently, those members of a national community gathered “abroad.” In both cases the hand is implied: the wound on the extremity gestures at the trace of slavery always evoked...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (1 (64)): 84–101.
Published: 01 March 2021
... in “Novel and History, Plot and Plantation.” Kingston makes people things. Coyaba enables withdrawal such that it is there that the gods (and ancestors) of the original inhabitants can restore the spirits of those who reside there. Coyaba enables community, but only as long as the land continues...
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Small Axe (2002) 6 (2): 25–48.
Published: 01 September 2002
.... 3322 the former slaves, then, land rights emerged as the central theme of both freedom and community. / e thwarted desire to own land would be among the principal factors lead- ing to the Morant Bay Rebellion in 1865, the massive rural-to-urban and international labor migration during the 1880s...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (3 (45)): 18–34.
Published: 01 November 2014
..., and the delimitation of national, ethnic, or political communities. While popular discourses have celebrated douglarization as an antidote to antipathies between Trinidad's predominant ethnoracial groups, Ramesh's celebration of Indo-Afro sexual mixture is more concerned about antipathies within these groups...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (3 (60)): 18–33.
Published: 01 November 2019
... struggles between empire-states and Afro-descendant and indigenous communities, accelerated through the proliferation of agribusiness, hydroelectric projects, and extractive economies. 14 Recognition, as other indigenous scholars have argued, merely masks the (settler) colonial imperative for land...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (3 (66)): 178–185.
Published: 01 November 2021
... and plantation.” 3 In seeking to dismantle the plantation and its legacies, many postindependence thinkers turned to those small plots of agricultural land that afforded some measure of autonomy to the enslaved and their descendants. Across the Caribbean, the countryside and rural folk (in particular, small...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 53–64.
Published: 01 November 2020
... by the industriousness of the peasantry, he found estate-based agricultural production to be particularly backward: planters were uninterested in scientific improvements, and land reform was “still only an aim, not an achievement.” 4 As Macmillan prepared to leave Jamaica in January 1935, he wrote from King’s...