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Small Axe (2019) 23 (3 (60)): 18–33.
Published: 01 November 2019
...Shanya Cordis Building on black and indigenous feminist scholarship, this essay examines the mutually constitutive processes of racial gendered violence and colonial dispossession undergirding Guyanese statecraft. Through an analysis of the colonial construction of the racial-sexual bodies...
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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 (2012) 16 (1 (37)): 119–143.
Published: 01 March 2012
...Erica Moiah James Violence, trauma, and memory are fundamental factors of Caribbean modernity but have thus far been underexamined within art history and criticism. This essay explores the invisible yet palpable presence of violence in the genre of family portraiture and the contemporary...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 27–42.
Published: 01 July 2013
... the projects of political and cultural nationalism, one archive in particular—the emergent archive of violence—cannot be effortlessly rallied toward these ends. Instead, archives of violence bring into relief the limits of the anticolonial and immediately postcolonial focus on the nation-state as the primary...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (1 (43)): 181–192.
Published: 01 March 2014
...Neil Roberts This essay proposes that Deborah Thomas's key contribution in Exceptional Violence is not so much the book's rethinking of violence and citizenship (as Thomas suggests) but rather its innovative examination of Rastafari thought and the implications for the idea of freedom. The essay...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (1 (43)): 193–199.
Published: 01 March 2014
...Deborah A. Thomas This short essay is a response to the reflections of Nadia Ellis, Rivke Jaffe, and Neil Roberts regarding Exceptional Violence. It uses their reflections as a springboard to think through anthropological practice more broadly. 1 Deborah A. Thomas, Exceptional Violence...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (3 (30)): 148–160.
Published: 01 November 2009
...Valerie Kaussen This article analyzes the topic of dictatorship, political violence, and popular struggle in two recent works that treat the rise and fall of former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide: Alex Dupuy's The Prophet and Power: Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the International Community...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (3 (30)): 161–173.
Published: 01 November 2009
... an alliance with the bourgeoisie and the foreign troika. The article assesses the role of corruption and violence by Aristide and his Lavalas Family party in his second overthrow. Small Axe, Inc. 2009 Indefensible: On Aristide, Violence, and Democracy Alex Dupuy In their assessments of my...
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Small Axe (2004) 8 (1 (15)): 1–20.
Published: 01 March 2004
...D. Alissa Trotz Small Axe Incorporated 2004 Between Despair and Hope: Women and Violence in Contemporary Guyana D. Alissa Trotz INTRODUCTION he immediate aftermath of the 1997 and 2001 elections in Guyana was marked by violence, most of which targeted members...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (2 (56)): 219–231.
Published: 01 July 2018
...D. Alissa Trotz This essay engages a key thematic of Gaiutra Bahadur’s Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture —racialized, gendered and sexualized violence in the making of the “coolie” woman in British Guiana. Through literary nonfiction, Bahadur offers a rigorous and imaginative methodological...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (2 (38)): 43–59.
Published: 01 July 2012
...Sam Vásquez Increased criticism and representations of violence in contemporary Jamaica often account for these tensions by citing poverty or gang and political rivalries in the post-independence era. However, both Marlon James's The Book of Night Women (2009) and Margaret Cezair-Thompson's...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (1 (43)): 164–172.
Published: 01 March 2014
...Nadia Ellis This essay explores Deborah Thomas's remarkable new book, Exceptional Violence , in light of the critical inheritance of the term diaspora and the status of grief in relation to Jamaica's repertoire of violence. Focusing on two examples of spectacularized violence that Thomas reads...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (2 (38)): 1–21.
Published: 01 July 2012
...Glenn A. Elmer Griffin In this essay Glenn A. Elmer Griffin adopts a January 2009 parricidal attack in St. Lucia as an instantiation of the escalating problem of fratricidal crime in the postcolonial Eastern Caribbean. Following the work of Kamau Brathwaite, Griffin argues that this violence...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (1): 50–74.
Published: 01 March 2009
... camps? The U.S. state, I argue, has entered the domain of paranoia, for it is only in paranoia that one finds simultaneously both deliriums of omnipotence and forebodings of perpetual threat. I trace the flashpoints of paranoid violence into the labyrinths of torture to explore three crises: the crisis...
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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 (2022) 26 (2 (68)): 144–153.
Published: 01 July 2022
...Rocío Zambrana This reflection on Ren Ellys Neyra’s The Cry of the Senses: Listening to Latinx and Caribbean Poetics (2020) engages their reading of Beatriz Santiago Muñoz’s cinema, paying particular attention to sensorial actualities that offer apprehension of the past of colonial violence...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (1 (55)): 18–38.
Published: 01 March 2018
... that violence against enslaved women was central to Thistlewood’s Enlightenment thought and plantation management, in addition to considering the political stakes of choosing a language to describe his interactions with enslaved women. It proposes that antiracist feminist theory and art have the potential...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (2 (56)): 72–84.
Published: 01 July 2018
... collaborators with the authoritarian regimes of Rafael Trujillo (1930–61) and Joaquín Balaguer (1966–78) act as villainous foils for their saintly counterparts. This latent historiographical violence against women—in addition to the actual physical violence inflicted by the regimes—has created historical...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (3 (42)): 16–34.
Published: 01 November 2013
... “booops” Sardine, for whom social violence, in the form of racial, class, and gender stereotyping, as well as a personal experience of physical violence and its attendant trauma, provide the substance of her work. © 2013 by Small Axe, Inc. 2013 Though born into the tiny white minority of St...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (3 (45)): 1–17.
Published: 01 November 2014
... is documenting the child abuse and homophobic violence she suffered. This essay makes visible the connections between physical punishments during slavery (with particular reference to “The History of Mary Prince”), practices of child abuse and homophobic violence in Jamaica, and contemporary modes of recognizing...
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