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Small Axe (2017) 21 (2 (53)): 184–192.
Published: 01 July 2017
... freedom and about politics in the Caribbean more broadly. The Caribbean region has been characterized as a place of political tragedy, in the wake of the repeated failures of revolutionary projects of national independence. Bonilla's ethnography of labor activism in Guadeloupe suggests that a different...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (2 (53)): 193–200.
Published: 01 July 2017
... an ethnography of Guadeloupean labor activism, Bonilla critiques modern notions of national sovereignty as the only and inevitable product of decolonization. Provocative as it is, her account challenges the methods, periodization, and habits of Caribbean history and highlights the blind spots of European studies...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (3 (69)): 112–120.
Published: 01 November 2022
... also allowed her to polish her oratory, something that she would later excel in. In Puerto Rico, Capetillo became an active member of the FLT by organizing unions, actively propagating their ideas, and participating in labor congresses. 28 But her activism was not limited to the Puerto Rican...
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Small Axe (2006) 10 (1): 1–27.
Published: 01 February 2006
...) was not fertile ground for labor activism, and certainly not for a labor movement in which Caribbean migrant laborers would be involved. For the immigrants, labor conditions in Cuba were a great improvement over those they faced in islands such as Jamaica, where “the labouring population was no better...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (1 (43)): 72–86.
Published: 01 March 2014
... and by demonstrating substantial similarities between the households, labor, and activism of working-class women in the two colonies from abolition to the 1930s, I aim to bend Jean Stubbs's parallel paths until they cross. The particular comparison of Belize and Puerto Rico is rooted in my biography but is not merely...
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Small Axe (2003) 7 (1): 116–139.
Published: 01 March 2003
... portrayed in ways which limited their ability to be fully active politically. 4. Division of intellectual labor is used here to reference the mapping of intellectual capacities and tasks. See David Hume’s relegation of African intellectual labor to mere mimicry in his essay “Of National...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (3 (54)): 98–110.
Published: 01 November 2017
... However, personnel belonging to Jamaica's long-standing tradition of labor activism and grassroots organizing, as well as Garveyite and communist militancies, joined the conflict, envigorating popular resistance to the autocratic state. Between 1961 and 1969 a remarkable array of social movements...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (2 (44)): 1–17.
Published: 01 July 2014
... and the factory are both constituted through an antagonistic dialectic, pitting a workforce striving for “universality” against the regime of labor in capitalism. It is well known that The Black Jacobins veered from its line of inquiry, replacing an analysis of the self-activity of the slaves with an analysis...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 53–64.
Published: 01 November 2020
..., of course, but they also needed a capitalist-oriented work force, and after World War II, the US government looked to the labor movement “for assistance in its overseas activities,” in large part because of concerns related to Soviet influence over the colonial world. 29 In 1944, the American...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 79–91.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Katherine McKittrick This essay studies Sylvia Wynter's “Black Metamorphosis” and draws attention to the ways plantocratic systems generated black creative activities that rebelled against the tenets of white supremacy and its attendant order of consciousness. Building on Wynter's insights...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 111–119.
Published: 01 March 2020
... that there was “only one way for things to be done and for people to exist” that inspired Schomburg to collect. Collection, as Valdés argues, was his activism. Schomburg believed that if there were enough sources, materials, and documents lauding black achievement, racism would end. Citing a quote from a 1978...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 113–128.
Published: 01 March 2016
... but is constitutive of the organization of labor: “The creation of the ‘negro’ was the social code necessary to the homogenization of labour-power, which resulted from the bourgeois constitution of a single activity, productive activity , in relation to which all other activity was constituted as lack” (472...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 143–163.
Published: 01 November 2020
... and was part of a broader wave of unrest and anticolonial labor agitation throughout the then British West Indies. 6 He personally witnessed the events on the Kingston Waterfront that were a major rallying point for protest at that time. The uprising and the accompanying political activities catalyzed...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (3 (27)): 14–31.
Published: 01 October 2008
... structured social system whose accomplishments are simply invisible or incomprehensible to the outside world. In his 1972 study La société contre l’Etat (Society Against the State), Clastres analyzed this process as an active appropriation of labor-free time in Amazonian subsistence economies...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 47–61.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Demetrius L. Eudell This essay illustrates how Sylvia Wynter's “Black Metamorphosis” reconceptualizes the question of labor as it relates to the history of blacks in the Americas and generally to the being of Being Human. It does so by situating Wynter's distinctive intervention within the context...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (3 (57)): 105–114.
Published: 01 November 2018
... and declining sugar prices, indentured labor schemes, and their impact on “the market for agricultural labourers.” 13 Less discursively prominent in nineteenth-century traveling representations but more central to everyday practice was the internal market for food and produce. While authors such as Trollope...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 228–238.
Published: 01 November 2020
..., and this permitted him to situate the self-activity of black workers as a vital force within the revolutionary struggle in the United States in the 1930s and 1940s. 10 But perhaps nowhere is his creative reading of Marx better reflected than in his analysis of slave labor in The Black Jacobins . “The slaves...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (3 (60)): 167–177.
Published: 01 November 2019
... to end the slave trade in 1807 already illustrated, antislavery activism was on “firmer [legal and political] ground when it attempted to control the circulation of commodities through the sea” (79). While Parliament had the legal standing to intervene in and regulate imperial trade, it could...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (1 (70)): 87–99.
Published: 01 March 2023
..., since the economic crisis that had started in 1929 had hit the colony as well. Unemployment rates among workers was high, pushing large numbers of people into poverty. The situation led to uprisings and the early developments of a labor movement. Similar uprisings occurred across different countries...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (1): 145–156.
Published: 01 February 2008
... their activities, to make their hard labor (walking twenty miles a day carrying a huge load) seem like nothing, and to picture them as evidence of nature’s bounty. With such reading strategies, scholars can, I believe, recover evidence of black agency and subjectivity in the colonial...