SKU: 9781570270598 Categories: anticapitalist, books, feminism, radical/indie/small publishers, work Tags: bodies, feminist theory, marxist feminism, marxist theory, reproductive labour, Silvia Federici, social reproduction, state violence, structural violence, witches
Autonomedia, 2005 (paperback, 288 pages)
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.