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  • Published: 2 November 2021
  • ISBN: 9780241532539
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $22.99
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Caliban and the Witch

Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation




From the peasant revolts to the Great European Witch Hunt: the crushing of occult traditions and women's reproductive freedom in the transition to capitalism

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.

  • Published: 2 November 2021
  • ISBN: 9780241532539
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $22.99
Categories:

Praise for Caliban and the Witch

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

A groundbreaking work . . . Federici has become a crucial figure for young Marxists, political theorists, and a new generation of feminists . . . a true radical who has lived by her political commitments, not just to women but against all forms of exploitation

Rachel Kushner, author of The Mars Room

It is both a passionate work of memory recovered and a hammer of humanity's agenda

Peter Linebaugh, author of The London Hanged

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