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Small Axe (2022) 26 (2 (68)): 24–45.
Published: 01 July 2022
... deploys dougla —the name for people of mixed Indian and African descent who exist as a “flaw” in the British colonial hierarchy of race—as a critical lens for exposing photographic flaws that rupture the smooth surface of the picturesque in ethnographic tableaux of “coolies” and Orientalizing portraits...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (1): 135–156.
Published: 01 March 2009
... in terms of social function and prescribed behaviour. The West Indian Front Room exhibition curated by Michael McMillan (Geffrye Museum 2005-06) attempts to critique the heritage orientated representation of West Indian migration, which to use Krista A Thompson's and Leon Wright's perspective is a `framed...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (2): 57–71.
Published: 01 July 2009
...' in this essay extemporizes on Edward Said's concept in Orientalism. Othering excludes Asians from the creole project of nationalisms in the region, conferring instead a script of antiquity and cultural spirituality that Asians have colluded with for negotiating difference. This collusion comes with its own...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (3 (33)): 173–185.
Published: 01 November 2010
... events, it provides a decentered genealogy of contemporary globalization. It questions cultural identity as an adequate political orientation, given the non-identity of individuals with any particular culture, and given the de facto power of the sovereign to determine ultimately and at times violently...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (1 (55)): 159–171.
Published: 01 March 2018
...Tsitsi Ella Jaji This essay takes its cue from Louis Chude-Sokei’s The Sound of Culture: Diaspora and Black Technopoetics . Chude-Sokei’s specific Caribbean matrix of technologically oriented poetics of the human is extended to African and African American texts, illustrating how blackness...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (2 (56)): 18–34.
Published: 01 July 2018
..., and Amílcar Cabral as representing a strain of black Marxist thought pursuing what the author calls the politically unimaginable—a mode of thought and orientation that pursues forms of political association for which one lacks the historical models and even the theoretical language to fully conceptualize what...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (2 (56)): 1–17.
Published: 01 July 2018
... rely on a future orientation, and the slippage between these two agendas unsettles reductive binaries between utopian and dystopian futures in the postcolonial Caribbean as well as between totalizing views that characterize digital technology either as beneficent and democratizing or as part and parcel...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (3 (57)): 28–36.
Published: 01 November 2018
... but also through reflective narrative and critical essays. With these dual roles he occupies a unique position as both contributor to and disseminator of a thought-provoking and passionate body of work oriented toward cultural and racial inclusivity. This essay will explore how Saint-Éloi develops certain...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 164–180.
Published: 01 November 2020
...Ronald Cummings; Deborah A. Thomas This essay utilizes an alternative politics of directionality as a way of reentering the mid-twentieth-century Caribbean literary archive. Rather than focusing on Windrush as the main orienting point, this discussion examines and regrounds what events...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (3 (51)): 1–19.
Published: 01 November 2016
..., marked by the anxiety of reframing a “postcolonial” image of the country within an European context, and other attentive to the distance from essentialist and “identity-oriented” views of artistic practice that Caribbean creators were developing at the end of the decade. Being burdened by the first...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (2 (50)): 52–57.
Published: 01 July 2016
..., management, political orientation, and focus. © Small Axe, Inc. 2016 blogs social media global public sphere Internet cultural politics Ugandan writer and poet Rajat Neogy was the founding editor of Transition Magazine , which published from 1961 to 1976. Transition was at the heart...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (2 (53)): 201–208.
Published: 01 July 2017
... orientations of the work as well as its analytical targets. The essay situates Non-Sovereign Futures within a larger problem-space of political disenchantment, argues for the need to deprovincialize the Caribbean, and brings into question perduring scholarly entanglements with the traditions of Western...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 1–7.
Published: 01 July 2013
... and refiguring of Caribbean studies is to encourage a certain kind of history of ideas, namely, one that thinks through the kinds of ideological-conceptual problem-spaces that shape and orient their respective formulations. © 2013 by Small Axe, Inc. 2013 This content is made freely available...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (3 (72)): 147–176.
Published: 01 November 2023
... compounded crises bound up with the afterlives of colonialism—coming to a head in the form of planetary climate catastrophe and its attendant sociopolitical degradations—have rightfully renewed demands for a decolonization of the contemporary world. The three orientations that guide the essay—the conflict...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (3 (69)): 14–30.
Published: 01 November 2022
...Audra A. Diptée This essay presents a strategy for putting anticolonial thought in praxis through the critical application of historical thought. It suggests a method of inquiry that is problem oriented and geared toward countering hegemonic discourses. The methodological approach proposed argues...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (3 (69)): 52–66.
Published: 01 November 2022
... with surrealism and her more camouflaged engagement with Freudian psychoanalysis. Taken together, these threads reveal Césaire’s vision of Caribbean art as a collaborative rather than conquest-oriented relation between the self and the environment. The essay ultimately argues that Césaire’s investigations...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (2 (71)): 86–97.
Published: 01 July 2023
... of Caribbean community members who have preserved explicit connections to African cultural institutions; and the decolonial theoretical orientation of her scholarship, which raises questions about the role of “indigenous” epistemologies in Caribbean literary theory. 15 Warner-Lewis, “Elders and Ancestors...
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Small Axe (2004) 8 (1 (15)): 82–105.
Published: 01 March 2004
..., March 2004: pp. 82–105 ISSN 0799-0537 state.¹ Th e fi rst was characterized by a cultural consciousness enabled by Enlighten- ment thought but articulated as “Eastern” culture; the second, nationalism’s power in mobilizing the population, based on a notion of the nonpassive “Oriental”; and the fi...
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Small Axe (2006) 10 (2): 1–18.
Published: 01 June 2006
... displacement of homosexual persons as legitimate human subjects. The phenomenon of the closet is of particular interest in this regard. In the context of this essay, it is approached as a social structure engendered and maintained by the stigma attached to same-sex orientation as a mark...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (1 (43)): 38–54.
Published: 01 March 2014
.... Relatedly, in Queer Phenomenology: Orientations, Objects, Others, philosopher Sara Ahmed builds on the spatial and political ruptures and crossings characteristic of the present conjuncture to suggest how theorizing and operationalizing disorientation may be generative for understanding and generously...