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

Federici, Silvia
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (N/A)
Published: June 3, 2021
ISBN: 9780241532539
304 pages
Country of publication: United Kingdom

£10.99

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.

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