Caliban and the witch

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Moving from the peasant revolts of the late Middle Ages to witch hunts and the rise of mechanical philosophy, this book investigates the capitalist rationalisation of social reproduction.

Description

‘A groundbreaking work . . . Federici has become a crucial figure for . . . a new generation of feminists’ Rachel Kushner, author of The Mars Room

A cult classic since its publication in the early years of this century, Caliban and the Witch is Silvia Federici’s history of the body in the transition to capitalism. Moving from the peasant revolts of the late Middle Ages through the European witch-hunts, the rise of scientific rationalism and the colonisation of the Americas, it gives a panoramic account of the often horrific violence with which the unruly human material of pre-capitalist societies was transformed into a set of predictable and controllable mechanisms. It Is a study of indigenous traditions crushed, of the enclosure of women’s reproductive powers within the nuclear family, and of how our modern world was forged in blood.

‘Rewarding . . . allows us to better understand the intimate relationship between modern patriarchy, the rise of the nation state and the transition from feudalism to capitalism’ Guardian

Additional information

Weight0.292 kg
Dimensions19.8 × 12.9 × 2.2 cm
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Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

xi, 382

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

305.4094 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K