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Small Axe (2016) 20 (2 (50)): 175–186.
Published: 01 July 2016
..., Critical Interventions in Caribbean Politics and Theory (2014), addresses some of these anxieties in a critical assessment of social thought, subaltern insurgencies, and the politics of radical intellectuals in the Commonwealth Caribbean. While the collection affirms Meeks's confidence...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (3 (54)): 48–62.
Published: 01 November 2017
... productivity. Radical skepticisms, the essay argues, create conceptual ground to accommodate the multiple political and affective responses in, and to, the independence era. © Small Axe, Inc. 2017 radical skepticisms pessimisms Jamaican 1960s Jamaican literary history This is the kind...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (2 (50)): 164–174.
Published: 01 July 2016
...Maziki Thame This essay discusses Brian Meeks's assertions on the centrality of democracy to transforming the Caribbean in his book Critical Interventions in Caribbean Politics and Theory (2014). It considers the relationship between democracy and revolution in the Caribbean in light of Meeks's...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (2 (50)): 187–198.
Published: 01 July 2016
...Brian Meeks In 2014, the author published a volume of essays, Critical Interventions in Caribbean Politics and Theory , which Small Axe editor David Scott proposed might form the basis for a discussion around Meeks's work and its broader contribution to debates surrounding contemporary Caribbean...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (1 (64)): 15–27.
Published: 01 March 2021
... grounds as a land commons that produce food sovereignty and communal identity. Then he represents the Jamaican Maroons’ local ecological knowledge as a source of resistance to plantation economies. Using Sylvia Wynter’s environmental theories of resistance, this essay argues that Wedderburn’s political...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (3 39): 103–118.
Published: 01 November 2012
...Rae Ann Meriwether In this essay, Meriwether argues that Erna Brodber's representation of Vodou, spiritism, and blues music in her novel Louisiana illuminates a shared praxis among Afro-diasporic subjects that forms the basis of their viable political community. Using Houston A. Baker Jr.'s theory...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 96–102.
Published: 01 March 2020
... sociohistorical processes, culture, and political developments? Even though these two projects seem to share a similar political goal, they are also radically different. The author reviews the contributions to the special section in dialogue with examples from Puerto Rico in order to assess the critical...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 22–35.
Published: 01 March 2020
... a radical remapping of relations across the Afro-Atlantic. Using these political and intellectual contributions as both theory and method allows for a project that engages some of the most peripheralized works that emerge in Caribbean, African, and transatlantic crossings. Specifically, I call attention...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 37–46.
Published: 01 March 2016
... the manuscript clarify Wynter's reflections on the process of indigenization and black cultural nationalism, it is her most sustained discussion of the politics of black culture in America. It constitutes a highly significant contribution to the black radical tradition and one of the most compelling...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (2 (71)): vii–x.
Published: 01 July 2023
... or figures epistemically displaced or erased from the conventional canon of political theory and reads them in such a way as to excavate their political imaginaries from their normative vocabularies of society and personhood; and two, he then enables us to recognize in these radical interventions...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (1 (67)): vii–x.
Published: 01 March 2022
...: Ian Randle, 1994). 2 Charles W. Mills, “Red Shift: Politically Embodied / Embodied Politics,” in Radical Theory, Caribbean Reality , 1–27. 1 Charles W. Mills, The Racial Contract (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1997); Blackness Visible: Essays on Philosophy and Race (Ithaca...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): vii–xiv.
Published: 01 March 2019
... with, on the face of it, utterly incompatible modes of analysis, such as postcolonial theory, cultural studies and their shared emphasis on cultural politics” (227). What are the conceptual implications of this “Jamaican displacement”? I return to this at the end. Wright takes up two cases, the Morant Bay...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (2 (44)): 1–17.
Published: 01 July 2014
...Christopher Taylor This essay argues that Caribbean histories of slavery and emancipation have served as a crucial site for the generation of the Marxist antiwork politics popularized by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri. Recovering a transnational network of radicals that disseminated the work of C...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (1 (40)): 84–95.
Published: 01 March 2013
...Nijah Cunningham Marking the close of the conference “The Idea of a Black Radical Tradition,” this roundtable served as a workshop for participants to explore, extend, and trouble the cultural and political discourse of black radicalism. © 2013 by Small Axe, Inc. 2013 After two days...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 43–57.
Published: 01 July 2013
... the African diasporic world. The theories he derived from his anthropological fieldwork and social and political thought and practice—the idea of “cultural survivals,” notions of cultural relativism, and a resemanticizing of the meaning of African diasporic cultures, rendered by colonial discourse...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (2 (62)): 197–207.
Published: 01 July 2020
... the epistemological and political purview of the radical wing of black studies, the essay focuses on four topics that appear in Plummer’s and Burden-Stelly’s comments: (1) the question of class, and in particular the role of the Caribbean middle classes, in the history of finance, banking, imperial expansion...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (3 (69)): 14–30.
Published: 01 November 2022
... cautioned that despite efforts to push past Western epistemologies the focus has been on the decolonization of “the West’s theory of the non-West” at the expense of questions about the political. There has been a shift away from the concerns that rooted the anticolonial project. 7 Hence when a prominent...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (2 (53)): 184–192.
Published: 01 July 2017
... Futures are keenly aware they are at a moment of radical uncertainty—the end of one political horizon and the birth of another. It is, as Bonilla notes, “an era rife with emergent possibilities.” 3 As they search for a non-sovereign freedom, these activists are also giving voice to “the political...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (2): 168–178.
Published: 01 June 2008
..., 2007), 206–24. 26. Chris Barker, Cultural Studies: Theory and Practice(London: Sage Publications, 2002), 47. SX26 • June 2008 • Anthony Bogues | 175 groups, it would seem to me that it is on the terrain of cultural politics and symbolic life...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (3 (48)): 186–204.
Published: 01 November 2015
... formed. None was immune … . It was … a quite natural occurrence … . But to the … radical intelligentsias[,] it was also an unacceptable one, one subsequently denied. Nevertheless, it insinuated itself into their thought and their theories. And thus, in the quest for a radical social force, an active...
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