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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 (2020) 24 (2 (62)): 67–77.
Published: 01 July 2020
...Ryan Cecil Jobson This essay serves as an introduction to the special section “States of Crisis.” Principally a meditation on political and ecological crisis in the Caribbean, this introduction revisits two concurrent events—the devastation of The Bahamas by Hurricane Dorian, and the arrival...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (2 (62)): 78–95.
Published: 01 July 2020
...Greg Beckett Set against the backdrop of soaring inflation, rolling blackouts, fuel riots, roadblocks, and antigovernment protests, this essay explores a new language of political crisis in Haiti that draws on the concept of unlivable life. In so doing, it seeks to directly connect political...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (2 (62)): 122–132.
Published: 01 July 2020
...Adriana María Garriga-López This essay addresses the epistemic limits of crisis as a trope for thinking about the future of Puerto Rico in the context of fiscal austerity programs and the combined effects of multiple disasters. Small-scale agriculture and mutual aid offer models of resistance to US...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 92–112.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Tonya Haynes This essay traces the rise of the crisis school of Caribbean heteromasculinity studies through a critical reading across popular writing, policy research, and scholarly work on Caribbean masculinity. Mobilizing insights that Sylvia Wynter articulated in “Black Metamorphosis...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (2 (50)): 28–43.
Published: 01 July 2016
...Elizabeth E. Sine This essay explores the making of a radical cultural politics amid the global crisis of the 1930s and 1940s through a study of the life and work of dancer Si-lan Chen. Born in Trinidad to Afro-Caribbean and Chinese parents, trained as a ballerina in Moscow, and an active supporter...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (3 (66)): 178–185.
Published: 01 November 2021
...Rivke Jaffe This review essay enters into conversation with Greg Beckett’s 2019 There Is No More Haiti: Between Life and Death in Port-au-Prince to think through the geographies and temporalities of how crisis is known. Focusing on the urban Caribbean, it interrogates broadly circulating...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (2 (50)): 76–84.
Published: 01 July 2016
...Ashwani Sharma By reflecting on running the open-access online “race” journal darkmatter , the author examines the crisis of academic journal publishing. This crisis is manifested by the transformations in the economics of journal production, especially with the rise of open-access publishing...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (3 (54)): 167–178.
Published: 01 November 2017
... and economic elites almost immediately ran into a crisis in their approach to tackling these legacies in pursuit of development. This crisis expressed itself in several ways, and four are highlighted in a photo exhibition: the Coral Gardens Incident of 1963; the government bulldozing of Back-a-Wall and Shanty...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (1): 50–74.
Published: 01 March 2009
... camps? The U.S. state, I argue, has entered the domain of paranoia, for it is only in paranoia that one finds simultaneously both deliriums of omnipotence and forebodings of perpetual threat. I trace the flashpoints of paranoid violence into the labyrinths of torture to explore three crises: the crisis...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (2 (62)): 96–109.
Published: 01 July 2020
...Leniqueca A. Welcome Looking ethnographically at the 2018 flooding of Greenvale Park, Trinidad, and in conversation with disasters and their aftershocks throughout the region, this essay explores the entanglements of crisis, loss, and liberation. Drawing on the grassroot responses to recent not-so...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (3 (66)): 210–219.
Published: 01 November 2021
..., how gender and age shape people’s experience of crisis, the discourse of Haitian exceptionalism, and the need to rethink crisis in Haiti from the standpoint of the conceptual categories and lived experiences of those who most directly feel the brunt of the destructive forces of predatory capitalism...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (3 (66)): 186–198.
Published: 01 November 2021
...Nadège T. Clitandre Examining Greg Beckett’s 2019 There Is No More Haiti: Between Life and Death in Port-au-Prince , this critical essay explores the notion of radical hope in the midst of tragedy and crisis in Haiti. It attempts to reframe the idea of hope from the perspective of a Haitian...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (3 (42)): 227–243.
Published: 01 November 2013
...Wendy Asquith As has recently been observed by Matthew J. Smith, “It is a peculiar feature of Haitian historiography that increased production of new literature often follows national crisis.” A parallel pattern has been evident in Haitian visual arts, yet this has not always been at the impulse...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (1 (43)): 125–137.
Published: 01 March 2014
... reforms on Jamaica's small-farming sector and the congruent significance of those reforms for the Jamaican national populace. The essay then identifies a course for navigating the conditions obtained after the recent crisis in the global economy, in which, despite having surrendered the validity of its...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 62–76.
Published: 01 March 2019
... and understanding moments of crisis, this essay attempts to redress that oversight. Its discussion of three novels of the Jamaican 1970s by Perry Henzell, Lee R. Duffus, and Tony Sewell reveals how the novels’ imaginative reworkings of the 1970s in a counterfactual mode constitute ruminations on historiography...
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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 (2023) 27 (3 (72)): 84–94.
Published: 01 November 2023
... of revolutionary praxis globally. This necessitates a further interrogation into the historical question that, the author posits, in Rodney’s work lies in deciphering the spaces of contradictions and crisis. 18 Picciotto, “Law, Life and Politics,” 41. 17 Issa G. Shivji, An Intellectual Journey with My...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (2 (65)): 169–170.
Published: 01 July 2021
... tradition, saving us from our own alienation, colonization, and ambivalence. This essay takes inspiration from Beyond Coloniality to respond to the climate-political-social-cultural crisis in the Caribbean and to think through the possibilities for futurity in relation to reparative justice and ecological...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (3 (66)): 63–88.
Published: 01 November 2021
...Guillermina De Ferrari Inspired by the enigmatic phrase “Le poème tué” (the murdered poem) that the author saw written on the walls of Port-au-Prince, this essay explores street art in Port-au-Prince as staging a public debate about different ways of approaching a life of precarity and crisis...
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