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Small Axe (2014) 18 (1 (43)): 164–172.
Published: 01 March 2014
...Nadia Ellis This essay explores Deborah Thomas's remarkable new book, Exceptional Violence , in light of the critical inheritance of the term diaspora and the status of grief in relation to Jamaica's repertoire of violence. Focusing on two examples of spectacularized violence that Thomas reads in...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (2 (50)): 106–114.
Published: 01 July 2016
...Kuan-Hsing Chen Journals have played a central role in the formation of intellectual communities throughout Asia since modern times. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies : Movements , launched in 2000, is no exception, except that it has attempted to connect with local intellectual circles and to build a...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (3 (33)): 1–20.
Published: 01 November 2010
... based not on defining moments but instead on intuitive, neurotic instances that bubble to the surface thus breaking the silence. Using the abyss as a metaphor for this history/memory, Glissant writes of “a reverse image of all that had been left behind, not to be regained for generations except (...) in...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (3 (42)): 152–165.
Published: 01 November 2013
... spaces that trouble the Westphalian order are cast as exceptions, and, following Trouillot's lead, it attempts to discern the political and intellectual perils of this casting. Echoing Trouillot, the essay calls for us to reimagine Caribbean social and political processes as ordinary—that is, to place...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (1 (43)): 173–180.
Published: 01 March 2014
...Rivke Jaffe This essay engages with Exceptional Violence and builds on Deborah Thomas's attention to state formation, statecraft, and political community to tentatively explore how “the state” has featured in Caribbean studies and what the role of Caribbeanist anthropologists has been and might be...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (1 (43)): 181–192.
Published: 01 March 2014
...Neil Roberts This essay proposes that Deborah Thomas's key contribution in Exceptional Violence is not so much the book's rethinking of violence and citizenship (as Thomas suggests) but rather its innovative examination of Rastafari thought and the implications for the idea of freedom. The essay...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (1 (43)): 193–199.
Published: 01 March 2014
...Deborah A. Thomas This short essay is a response to the reflections of Nadia Ellis, Rivke Jaffe, and Neil Roberts regarding Exceptional Violence. It uses their reflections as a springboard to think through anthropological practice more broadly. © Small Axe, Inc. 2014 I want to state up front...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (1): 1–15.
Published: 01 February 2008
... selected lyrics of dancehall artistes such as Damian Marley and Super Cat, which are read in terms of Giorgio Agamben's concepts of homo sacer , the state of exception, and the biopolitical paradigm of the camp. Small Axe Incorporated 2008 Notes on the Age of Dis: Reading Kingston through Agamben...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (3 39): 199–207.
Published: 01 November 2012
... concomitant notion of the Haitian people's endless capacity for suffering. Furthering the trope of Haitian resilience, this narrative functions in tandem with that of Haitian barbarism, situating the country and its populace in a space—a state?—of exception; it subtly disables true empathy, so allowing the...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (2 (47)): 111–119.
Published: 01 July 2015
...?” just like the light. For work, for another country. You'd call once a fortnight, and when the power people in bubble cities think of you, oh absent father in the cloying night? You left Inside each tiny bubble a City, absolute abject alone (except for the fish.) What must atomic...
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Small Axe (2007) 11 (2): 209–216.
Published: 01 June 2007
... less unnoticed by me. Practically all my decisions about point of view were made intuitively, that is to say, unconsciously. The big exception was the decision to write Riau in first person, which required SX23 • June 2007 • Madison Smartt...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (3 (36)): 1–21.
Published: 01 November 2011
... call an “inclusive exclusion,” an exceptional (that is, “delimited, free and empty”) space in which “anything could happen.” At a time when nothing exists outside the law, when the bounds of sovereign power appear limitless, the aesthetic opens up a temporary zone of indistinction...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (1 (43)): 200–202.
Published: 01 March 2014
... A. T homas is a professor of anthropology and Africana studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Modern Blackness: Nationalism, Globalization, and the Politics of Culture in Jamaica (2004) and Exceptional Violence: Embodied Citizenship in Transnational Jamaica (2011), and...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (2 (53)): 151–161.
Published: 01 July 2017
... again. Words unspoken reside in our flesh. The penis, lay nestled— poised to strike like a cobra. Except for breaths more urgent than Florida rain, we are quiet. Just rocking enough to make the bed board hum in tune with despair. A sad couple fucking is a terrible...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): 80–88.
Published: 01 July 2019
... on the 5 train barreling through the aqueducts of MTA. Among the praetorian guards of the bodega stoop, only Dominican Hectors could share the pride of having Mr. DeCurtis call on him each time somehow destined for greatness. A man screaming, Oh, Tahiti! like God—except not God...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (3 (54)): 219–221.
Published: 01 November 2017
.... Jean Brownlee Term Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Modern Blackness: Nationalism, Globalization, and the Politics of Culture in Jamaica (2004) and Exceptional Violence: Embodied Citizenship in Transnational Jamaica (2011). She also directed the...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (1 (43)): 1–6.
Published: 01 March 2014
... Théogane, demanding a precise figure (US$21,685,135,571.48 was the 2003 estimate of what France owed Haiti). After many refusals, the French relent and agree to pay it all back— except for the forty-eight cents. Aghast, de Théogane cries, “But what will be left for the Haitian people?” Kim Ives of New...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (3 39): 166–176.
Published: 01 November 2012
... more and more a variable of our emerging modernities, forcing us to look at the aesthetics of artists such as the Spiralists to better understand the multiple modalities of poverty’s narratives. “Poverty” and Haiti’s Exceptional Narratives Obviously, Haiti is “poorundeveloped” in its “well...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (2 (56)): 18–34.
Published: 01 July 2018
... the oppressed teaches that the ‘state of emergency’ in which we live is not the exception but the rule,” we attend to the insights that issue from a tradition for which the paradigmatic emergency was a prior, longer-standing reality? 21 How might we think about the presumption that the exception is...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (1 (37)): 1–19.
Published: 01 March 2012
... names of those other women that, as he coyly puts it, he has “known.” Germaine, the Haitian woman he lived with in Port-au-Prince, was the exception to this pattern. Though as exception, she appears to have been caught within a fairly routine binary: marked with the sign of mother...