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Caliban and the Witch

by Federici, Silvia (2004)


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.


Federici, Social Reproduction, Witch-Hunts, Body, Labour Power, Self-Ownership


Social Reproduction, History of Women and Work, Women and Work, Women's Work in History, History of Work, Silvia Federici

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