Caliban and the Witch

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Autonomedia, 2004 - History - 285 pages
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Cultural Writing. CALIBAN AND THE WITCH is a history of the body in the transition to capitalism. Moving from the peasant revolts of the late Middle Ages to the witch-hunts and the rise of mechanical philosophy, Federici investigates the capitalist rationalization of social reproduction. She shows how the battle against the rebel body and the conflict between body and mind are essential conditions for the development of labor power and self-ownership, two central principles of modern social organization. "It is both a passionate work of memory recovered and a hammer of humanity's agenda"--Peter Linebaugh, author of The London Hanged.
  

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Review: Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation

User Review  - George - Goodreads

Fascinating and really important. Especially in the section on the witch-hunt, there was so much that I was completely unaware of. As Federici says, "The witch-hunt was one of the most important ... Read full review

Review: Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation

User Review  - Tom L - Goodreads

An important work of Marxist-feminism and historiography (with noticeable debts to EP Thompson's style of "history from below"). Federici presents a longview of capitalist development with many ... Read full review

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Silvia Federici is Associate Professor of Philosophy and International Studies at Hofstra University. She is the author of Enduring Western Civilization: The Construction of the Concept of Western Civilization and Its "Others" and African Visions: Literary Images, Political Change, and Social Struggle in Contemporary Africa (with Cheryl B. Mwaria and Joseph McLaren).

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