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Small Axe (2018) 22 (1 (55)): 1–17.
Published: 01 March 2018
... slavery race and reproduction slave law heredity slave women Whereas some doubts have arisen whether children got by any Englishman upon a negro woman shall be slave or free, Be it therefore enacted and declared by this present grand assembly, that all children borne in this country shall be...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (1 (31)): 193–199.
Published: 01 March 2010
...Colin Dayan This essay brings law more fully into the rituals of terror, the fictions of slavery that Brown portrays so powerfully in * The Reaper's Garden. * In tracking the ghost-ridden traces of persons and property, I consider how palpable and visible remain the deposits of slave history, how...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (3 (45)): 162–177.
Published: 01 November 2014
...Chris Bongie This essay provides an overview of Colin Dayan's work that attends, specifically, to her representations of slave law in Haiti, History, and the Gods and The Law Is a White Dog . It takes as its point of departure Dayan's indictment in the final chapter of Haiti, History, and the Gods...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 143–163.
Published: 01 November 2020
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): 100–114.
Published: 01 July 2019
... particular instance, Poui before Rain explores the nikah , the Islamic marriage that allows a man living under Islamic law to marry up to three women in a simple ceremony using two witnesses. Equally, he is allowed to divorce by simply repeating Talaak (I divorce you) three times. The nikah is a largely...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (1): 1–18.
Published: 01 March 2009
...Diana Paton This article asks why negative stereotypes of obeah have proved so persistent, seeking the answer in a detailed examination of changing colonial constructions of obeah. It compares the history of anti-obeah laws with that of the Shakerism Prohibition Ordinance in St. Vincent and the...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (3 (30)): 148–160.
Published: 01 November 2009
... Haiti and Peter Hallward's Damming the Flood: Haiti, Aristide, and the Politics of Containment . In discussing these works, I interrogate the extent to which traditional categories of liberal political analysis, democracy, national sovereignty, consensus, popular struggle, rule of law, as well as their...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (3 (33)): 33–44.
Published: 01 November 2010
...Michaël F. Ferrier At first sight Japan would appear to be what might be called “degree zero of `creolity' ”. By geographical chance but also as a result of the vicissitudes of its history—Japan was closed to almost all foreign penetration from the 17 th to the 19 th century— the particular laws...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (3 (36)): 164–172.
Published: 01 November 2011
... , brought about a reevaluation of political and economic ideas, laws, and relationships critical to the development of the nation-state. Additionally, post–US occupation was one of several key moments when a notion of a new Haiti proved fruitful for activists and thinkers of the day, who believed in the...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (3 (45)): 138–151.
Published: 01 November 2014
...-practical concern for those made into unpersons by the law and the work of “imagining what can't be verified.” On a November evening, not long after his mother has died, Roland Barthes is sorting through her photographs. He is also looking for himself and his mother. None of them were “right,” he says, by...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (3 (45)): 152–161.
Published: 01 November 2014
... a methodological model. The essay engages Dayan's work on race and gender in Haiti, History, and the Gods to elaborate a critique of how racism and transphobia become intimately intertwined in the attack against MacDonald. The authors then turn to Dayan's more recent work in The Law Is a White Dog...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 47–61.
Published: 01 March 2016
... postslavery subjects) that could provide insight into the formation and stabilization of human cultural orders. “Black Metamorphosis” can therefore be seen as an earlier elaboration of what she later identified as the laws of human auto-institution, the process by which humans performatively enact our...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (3 (27)): 14–31.
Published: 01 October 2008
... rule of law, the article argues that the problem of popular insurgency is one way to link together analysis of past and present Haitian history and to focus on the role of the Haitian people in making that history. ©2008 Small Axe Incorporated. All rights reserved. 2008 Turning the Tide: The...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (1 (37)): 154–167.
Published: 01 March 2012
... what George Soros has called “free market fundamentalism.” The New Poor Law's role in the criminalization of poverty is widely acknowledged. So too was the emergent gospel of free trade strengthened by the British state's “disciplined” response to the Irish famine. Slave owner compensation also...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (1 (52)): 250–259.
Published: 01 March 2017
... homophobia Guyanese cross-dressing Belize sodomy law When one labors on a book of scholarship for years, completing it brings a rush of satisfaction. Then the signing of a contract—sometimes months or years later—brings a sense of relief and anticipation. For me, all these emotions were compounded...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (1): 38–56.
Published: 01 February 2008
... Indies penned its vision for a new generation of Caribbean lawyers1: Hopefully, he will be skilled in the practice of the law; but this he should be able to do with com- passion and with an acute awareness of the anatomy of his West Indian condition; and with the vision and hope of...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 65–80.
Published: 01 November 2020
..., “Governing through Contract: Common Law Marriage in the Nineteenth Century,” Yale Law Journal 107, no. 6 (1998): 1906. 60 See Dubler, “Wifely Behavior,” 964; and Brodber, “Afro-Jamaican Women,” 46. 61 M. G. Smith, introduction, xxiii. 62 Robinson, “The Properties of Citizens,” 428...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 88–107.
Published: 01 July 2013
..., respectively, the establishment of the CCJ should be seen not as a mere outgrowth of regional initiatives but as part of a much broader rule of law regime being propelled by new global economic and military arrangements. The CCJ exists alongside a post-1989 regime that links particular circulations of goods...
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Small Axe (2007) 11 (3): 118–129.
Published: 01 October 2007
... Citizen: The Politics of Law, Sexuality and Postcoloniality in Trinidad and Tobago and the Bahamas,” Feminist Review, 48 (1994): 5–23. 2. M. Jacqui Alexander, Pedagogies of Crossing: Meditations on Feminism, Sexual Politics, Memory and the Sacred (Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2005...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 239–242.
Published: 01 November 2020
...: Narrativas del caribe insular hispano en el siglo XXI (2015). trACy roBinson is a senior lecturer in and the deputy dean of graduate studies and research for the Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies, Mona. She writes in the areas of constitutional law; family law; and gender, sexuality, and the law...