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.
A Selection of Essays by Silvia Frederici
The following two chapters from this book are available online in pdf:
- The great Caliban:The struggle against the rebel body, from Caliban & the Witch
- All the World Needs a Jolt: Social Movements and Political Crisis in Medieval Europe, from Caliban & the Witch
And the entire book can be downloaded here.
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