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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 53–60.
Published: 01 March 2020
...Ángel A. Rivera This essay explores Eugenio María de Hostos’s and Ramón E. Betances’s notions of modern subjectivities, in the context of Romantic narratives, to index the fractures of collective and communal nationalist imaginaries within the Caribbean Confederation. Hostos and Betances were...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (3 (54)): 43–47.
Published: 01 November 2017
... of the making of a “modern” Jamaica has been crucial to a nationalist historiography—a paradigm that might be less cogent in the contemporary period. © Small Axe, Inc. 2017 1960s identity race independence These notes sketch, in a preliminary way, a gradually evolving project that literary...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (2 (44)): 95–107.
Published: 01 July 2014
... practitioners. 2 And yet it would be a mistake to imagine this situation as an aberration, an anomaly in an otherwise highly structured and stratified health-care market. True, most clients of black ritual practitioners in Atlantic locales such as Cartagena de Indias (modern-day Colombia) were of African...
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Small Axe (2002) 6 (2): 25–48.
Published: 01 September 2002
...Deborah A. Thomas Small Axe Incorporated 2002 Modern Blackness: “What We Are and What We Hope to Be” Deborah A. Thomas his is a progressive tale, or rather a tale of progress redefi ned in Jamaica. Like most tales, it has its various twists and turns, but I am going to focus...
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Small Axe (2003) 7 (2): 1–22.
Published: 01 September 2003
...David Scott Small Axe Incorporated 2003 Political Rationalities of the Jamaican Modern David Scott Clientelism in the Th ird World is more than a device to win votes for competing parties. It is a mechanism by which to institutionalize a power structure. —Carl...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (3 (27)): 32–41.
Published: 01 October 2008
... narratives of exile and return, the article argues that authors such as Dany Laferrière and Edwidge Danticat offer post-territorial understandings of culture and nation. ©2008 Small Axe Incorporated. All rights reserved. 2008 Fictions of Displacement: Locating Modern Haitian Narratives J. Michael...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (2 (44)): 18–35.
Published: 01 July 2014
...” obscure continuities and elide the crucial impact of US imperialism. The practice of the US military occupation (1916–24) in clothing itself in a discourse of democratization and modernization was perpetuated by the Rafael Trujillo dictatorship (1930–61) to long-lasting effect. Through close readings...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 88–107.
Published: 01 July 2013
... they participate in a construction of Caribbeanness that tacks between intimacy and estrangement, the national and the international, the past and the future, tradition and modernity. This interplay finds its highest expression in turbulent politics: on the one hand, the judicial systems of the global North...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (3 (54)): 152–166.
Published: 01 November 2017
... of modernization and development: strong economic growth, a stable two-party parliamentary democracy, and racial harmony. The transition to independence, these elites boasted, had been effected without social revolution, without social upheaval, in fact with scarcely any social dislocation to speak...
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Published: 01 July 2015
Figure 7. Wifredo Lam, The Jungle , 1942–43. Oil on paper mounted on canvas, 94 × 89 in. Museum of Modern Art, New York City. © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris Figure 7. Wifredo Lam, The Jungle, 1942–43. Oil on paper mounted on canvas, 94 × 89 in. Museum of Modern More
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (1 (40)): 22–39.
Published: 01 March 2013
... politics—even in their more radical versions—tend, in this reading, to reproduce modern narratives about the meaning and substance of emancipation, the role of the nation-state, the political implications of visibility traditionally understood, and, more broadly, the proper ends of black politics...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (2 (50)): 14–27.
Published: 01 July 2016
...Barnor Hesse Nahum Chandler, in his remarkably evocative book X—The Problem of the Negro as a Problem for Thought , works with the Derridean idea of the exorbitant to argue that W. E. B. Du Bois's thinking exceeds and transforms the terms of Western critical thought on modernity. Du Bois...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (3 (27)): 165–174.
Published: 01 October 2008
...Edward J. Sullivan This essay revisits the arguments in Continental Shifts: The Art of Edouard Duval Carrié . The book's editor looks at how the volume (a mid-career survey of the Haitian artist) was conceived and at its contributions to the study of modern Haitian art and visuality. The author...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 172–185.
Published: 01 July 2013
... recognition of the region as an inaugural space in the invention of a modern consciousness—not as a problematic tertiary portion of the globe where modernity is a belated burden. In advancing this case for a hemispheric recasting of the Caribbeanist field, it helps to reread a little-known essay that took...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (2 (38)): 198–212.
Published: 01 July 2012
... feast of scraps, not only productively reframe histories of modernism in light of structuralist, postcolonial, and cultural studies, but also point toward a new agenda for the description of African diasporic art and, more broadly, for art history's approaches to questions of racial and sexual...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 1–15.
Published: 01 November 2020
... blindspots in his Trilogie tropicale . These exuberant works, which think through the effects of modernity, globalization, and cultural domination on contemporary Martinique, have been largely ignored, perhaps because they do not follow the poetic principles outlined in the Éloge . Rather than treating them...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 53–64.
Published: 01 November 2020
...Deborah A. Thomas; Deborah A. Thomas The long 1950s in Jamaica encompassed the pivotal moments that set into motion the infrastructures of modern political, social, economic, and artistic activity. They also brought into relief struggles over the appropriate scales of interaction, whether national...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 181–186.
Published: 01 November 2020
...Donette Francis; Deborah A. Thomas This essay argues that three lessons have emerged from the Jamaican Cultural-Political Modern Project convenings that clarify its productive methodological stakes: living with disagreements, seeing interconnected inquiries, and creating embodied archives...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 228–238.
Published: 01 November 2020
... contends that race has been overdetermined in ways that have historically understated the centrality of black labor to the emergence of modern capitalism, to anticapitalist struggle, and to the movement for universal freedom and a more broadly defined socialism. The essay concludes by asserting that black...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (2 (65)): 69–82.
Published: 01 July 2021
... zones of St. Thomas. In modern times, they have branched out from their insular zones and merged their mores and folkways and their peasant and professional ways, on their gradual terms, with those of other ethnic Virgin Islanders, bringing themselves closer to Virgin Islands society as evidenced...