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.
Table of Contents
All the World Needs is a Jolt
Social Movements and Political Crisis in Medieval Europe
The Accumulation of Labor and the Degradation of Women
Constructing “Difference" in the “Transition to Capitalism"
The Greatest Caliban
The Struggle Against the Rebel Body
The Great Witch-Hunt in Europe
Colonization and Christianization
Caliban and Witches in the New World