Caliban and the Witch

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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


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