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Small Axe (2018) 22 (3 (57)): 151–159.
Published: 01 November 2018
.... In the context of unfreedom we can glimpse modes of unauthorized being as self-authored acts pointing to or authorizing a potential freedom to come. Here, I am thinking of the ways black people break “rules,” authorizing for themselves new ways of being in the world. These ways of being are often violently...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (1): 75–89.
Published: 01 March 2009
... Walcott What might human dignity and freedom look like for black people, especially poor black people in the post–civil rights/post-independence neoliberal moment of our times? How might we think about the states of freedom and unfreedom that currently organize...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (3 (45)): 138–151.
Published: 01 November 2014
... uncorrected Colin (Joan) Dayan came to the attention of the Hawthorne Archive (HA) because she kept asking dangerous questions about how we “speak about the multiple forms of unfreedom, the archaic vessels for new terrors that we confront today.” 1 She was contributing to a genealogy we recognized...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 228–238.
Published: 01 November 2020
... implies one of many dialectics, as opposed to the singular Euro-Western conception of it) via an analysis that is rooted in the experiences of enslaved blacks as commodities and forced-labor power and in the experience of unfreedom in the postemancipation period. 20 In “Black Metamorphosis” Wynter...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (2 (53)): 184–192.
Published: 01 July 2017
... rereading of the story of the West. 10 As Patterson shows (and as Arendt, like so many others, ignores), the idea of freedom emerged historically from the concrete experience of unfreedom that we call slavery. While Patterson's genealogy of slavery and freedom is written as a history of the West...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (1 (40)): 84–95.
Published: 01 March 2013
... and that is, at some levels, in the most intimate sense. So intimacy does not guarantee freedom. It might very well be that you have to work to establish a connection between intimacy and freedom; you have to work to do that because there already has been some prior relationship between intimacy and unfreedom...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (1 (55)): 172–180.
Published: 01 March 2018
... a complex and often terrifying modernity “structured by the dual anxieties of slavery and industrialization [and] shaped by systems of human unfreedom” (80). While the technological underpinnings and obsessions of dub, hip-hop, and techno have inspired voluminous commentary, the discussion here also attends...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 220–228.
Published: 01 March 2019
... of both freedom and unfreedom in the Age of Revolution. Similarly, the questions that historical actors considered in that moment may have had a particular valence and import in the context of Atlantic Revolution, but seeking (or resisting) mobility, pondering the “burden” of enslavement (to quote...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (1 (52)): 241–249.
Published: 01 March 2017
...’ that depends upon a particular unfreedom” (66). These paradoxes are part of the Caribglobal condition King highlights, and she urges us to acknowledge the fact that sexuality is often used by those who occupy privileged positions within Caribbean nations as an obfuscation of other urgent issues of social...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (3 (57)): 171–180.
Published: 01 November 2018
... in my work with something like freedom. That is, I have been concerned with what Rinaldo Walcott calls in his response “the multiple forms of different unfreedoms in the face of an elusive freedom” and “a freedom to come.” 4 This is true of my first book, Monstrous Intimacies: Making Post-slavery...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (1 (37)): 168–177.
Published: 01 March 2012
... of redemptive value in recovering even such partial and distorted histories, then the material exists to begin sys- tematically to block out the skeletal details of the lives of the eight hundred thousand people living in a state of unfreedom at the end of slavery...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (1 (46)): 147–158.
Published: 01 March 2015
... and, given the history of Jamaica and Haiti, (2) to link contemporary modes of urban cultural practices, public bodily performances, to those “ancestral histories” of resistance within the matrices of antislavery, anticolonial, and anti-postcolonial states of unfreedom. Erotic agency, then, comes across...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (1 (43)): 181–192.
Published: 01 March 2014
... of tourism, universal confraternity, and consumption are Jamaica's gated communities, class divisions, spaces occupied and avoided based on color distinctions, layers of inclusion and exclusion, death, and structures of unfreedom couched in justificatory languages of cultural pathologies. Frantz Fanon warns...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 79–91.
Published: 01 March 2016
... and the brutally oppressive technologies of slavery and colonialism that, all together, produce modern relational histories and narratives and dynamic acts of rebellion—rebellion is indigenization—against the codes of unfreedom that violently marginalize global damnés . See her discussion of the “underlife...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 195–207.
Published: 01 March 2019
... a degree of sameness, the reader glimpses a different reality entirely. At both the macro and micro levels, the mirror deftly shows how the battle for “freedom,” admittedly a complicated and contradictory reality in revolutionary Saint-Domingue, directly led to growing unfreedom a few nautical miles away...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 1–16.
Published: 01 March 2019
... to demand redress for perceived diplomatic affrays. 11 I conceive of sovereignty in the case of Haiti as the perceived right to self-govern. See Karen Salt, “Ecological Chains of Unfreedom: Contours of Black Sovereignty in the Atlantic World,” Journal of American Studies 49, no. 2 (2015): 267–86...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (3 (60)): 18–33.
Published: 01 November 2019
... for understanding the unfreedom of black women in the contemporary. Samantha Benjamin’s brutalization and murder, rather than merely another statistical account of generic violence against women, is better understood as reflecting the continued colonial imaginaries around blackness—and the (im)possibility of black...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 113–128.
Published: 01 March 2016
... this passage. 22 Fred Moten encourages us to consider life's flight as a kind of freedom in unfreedom: “Perhaps constant escape is what we mean when we say freedom; perhaps constant escape is that which is mistreated in the dissembling invocation of freedom and the disappointing underachievement/s...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (1 (55)): 1–17.
Published: 01 March 2018
... with the parameters under which Rosa and Elizabeth labored. We know that in the context of the mid-seventeenth-century Atlantic world, English, African, and Native American women and men encountered one another with a well-developed fear of bondage already firmly in place. Bondage or unfreedom was common throughout...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 129–145.
Published: 01 March 2016
..., the pained bodies of the enslaved, and the indignity of the indentureship of South Asians that followed reminds us that Caribbean realities are constituted by the experience of living within the shadow of genocide and unfreedom. Abduction thus centers as a critical philosophical concern the theft of labor...
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