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

Author(s): Silvia Federici

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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 struggle against the rebel body and the conflict between body and mind are essential conditions for the development of labour power and owership, two central principles of modern social organization.


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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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  • : 9781570270598
  • : Pluto Press
  • : Pluto Press
  • : 0.409
  • : June 2004
  • : 229mm X 152mm X 15mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

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  • : 288
  • : Paperback
  • : Silvia Federici