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Small Axe (2007) 11 (1): 95–111.
Published: 01 February 2007
...Oliver Benoit Small Axe Incorporated 2007 Ressentiment and the Gairy Social Revolution Oliver Benoit Eric Matthew Gairy was born to a humble family in St. Andrew’s, Grenada, in 1922. He obtained only a primary school education and began working as a primary school teacher...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (2): 164–184.
Published: 01 July 2009
...Veerle Poupeye This essay reflects on how social unrest and violence are responded to in the mainstream visual arts of postcolonial Jamaica. The focus is on two particular moments of crisis: the social unrest and political violence during the Michael Manley administration in the 1970s...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (2 (50)): 76–84.
Published: 01 July 2016
... value of critical knowledge in the academy globally, most acutely felt in the humanities and social sciences. Before I consider darkmatter as the “pharmakon” of the crisis, I will, in schematic terms, outline three interrelated aspects of journal production that are creating the present instability...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (2 (50)): 175–186.
Published: 01 July 2016
...Obika Gray It is now commonplace to lament the enervation of social thought and the passing of an important social figure—the critical, classical humanistic intellectual as a major actor in contemporary society. This elegy for polymath political leaders and for the presumed demise of theoretically...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (2 (68)): vii–x.
Published: 01 July 2022
...David Scott das133@columbia.edu © 2022 by Small Axe, Inc. 2022 Sometime in 1980, I attended a seminar held in one of the rooms in the social sciences block at the University of the West Indies, Mona, where Erna Brodber presented parts of her oral history research on early...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (3 (54)): 138–151.
Published: 01 November 2017
...Charles V. Carnegie In the late 1950s, a new business center was created in Jamaica's capital city, hastening the decline of its old downtown and coinciding with the emergence of elite suburbs. This essay explores the social significance of the development of this “New Kingston,” treating...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (3 (57)): 1–12.
Published: 01 November 2018
... diasporic networks: that of violence in all of its different social registers, from means of social control to response to the traumas of past violence. This essay argues that while James’s text is concerned with unveiling the roots of Jamaica’s violence in late–Cold War US imperialism and the larger...
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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)): 228–238.
Published: 01 November 2020
... as a manifestation of the black radical tradition and a critical involvement with socialism. Drawing on C. L. R. James and Sylvia Wynter, it argues that black freedom struggles in the Americas and Europe, including slave revolts, have been an essential part of the history of labor and freedom struggles. It also...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 31–52.
Published: 01 November 2020
... social transformation and reaching audiences beyond the artistic medium. Analyzing art installations, public interventions, and socially engaged art pieces produced by Quintapata between 2009 and 2014, this essay argues that artistic collaboration works in the case of Quintapata, not so much as a formula...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (2 (53)): 22–43.
Published: 01 July 2017
... for his subjects and collective recognition of difficult social realities. This essay argues that the artistic modality and political sensibility displayed in Jerry's graffiti can be productively read as participating in a form of “sympathetic education.” Jerry sees the urban landscape as a classroom...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (2 (56)): 161–174.
Published: 01 July 2018
... indexes the aim of this unforgettable presence to make space for social and sexual dissent and to practice a social science committed to decolonization. Copyright © 2018 by Small Axe, Inc. 2018 Dominican sexuality queer masculinity empiricism Quiero decirle al viento, a la tierra, a las...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 97–111.
Published: 01 March 2019
... to Jamaican conditions. Among stumbling blocks to this application was a social structure that, consequent on centuries of racial slavery and colonialism, could not be adequately understood or challenged through class analyses. Moreover, the terrain of party politics had been staked out between the Jamaica...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 208–219.
Published: 01 March 2019
... a time of revolutionary upheaval, when people of varying classes traveled regularly between the two islands, and when even those who did not travel mutually observed the progress of ideas and political and social alliances in multiple places. The author argues that the variety and intensity...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (3 (42)): 16–34.
Published: 01 November 2013
...Jane Bryce In a context of educational, social, and financial marginalization of artistic practice in the anglophone Caribbean, the high degree of self-motivation and resilience required of artists is often manifest in their work. This essay profiles one such artist, the young Vincentian Caroline...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (1 (46)): 147–158.
Published: 01 March 2015
... agential capacities of Caribbean working people in their relation with various manifestations of modern cultures of power. The essay questions the liberatory potential of erotic agency or power, arguing for it to be theorized beyond sexually active bodies, particularistic identities and the social...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (1 (52)): 17–32.
Published: 01 March 2017
... of healers and spiritual workers. Because, in most cases, the term is not used by practitioners to identify their spiritual and healing practice, the author proposes to relocate the definition of obeah from its specific practices to its moral burden. This approach helps reevaluate the use of obeah in social...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (1): 135–156.
Published: 01 March 2009
..., these migrants brought with them a sense of dignity, `good grooming', aspiration and desires for social respectability as remnants of a `colonial time' as suggested by Richard Wilk. The front rooms they created when they eventually acquired homes was based on the Victorian parlour of the Caribbean colonial elite...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (2): 72–89.
Published: 01 July 2009
...Mike Hill This paper examines contemporary debates around the US Census, US National Security Strategy, and various documents of postmodern war doctrine to delineate a mutation in domestic social order that is consistent both with the end of civil rights and with US planetary ambition. At one level...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (3 (36)): 22–38.
Published: 01 November 2011
...Myriam J. A. Chancy This investigation addresses the degree to which African diasporic writers might free the term travel from its etymology. Chancy is interested in how shifts in social class for descendents of those formerly termed “subaltern” have occasioned concomitant shifts...