Caliban and the Witch

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Autonomedia, 2004 - Social Science - 285 pages
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Literary Nonfiction. 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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A fascinating book I may never have heard of except for the brief experiment that was Bitches with Bookmarks (an attempted online book club). This was our second (and probably last) book. Anyway, it's ... Read full review

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This book changed my way of thinking about so many things. A must read for anyone interested in the history of capitalism, anyone who has doubts that capitalism had naturally occurring and benevolent beginnings. Thoroughly researched and densely packed with intersectional connections. I love this book and keep coming back to it year after year.  

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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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