Pivotal in Feminist, Marxist, and Early Modern European Studies, this academic exploration of why “the rise of capitalism was coeval with a war against women” ties together, among other things: witch hunts, women’s unpaid labor, appropriation of the female body, and women’s resistance as heretics, herbalists, and thinkers.
Literary Nonfiction. 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.
It is both a passionate work of memory recovered and a hammer of humanity's agenda.--Peter Linebaugh, author of The London Hanged