Cultural Writing. 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.
Silvia Federici is Associate Professor of Philosophy and International Studies at Hofstra University. She is the author of Enduring Western Civilization: The Construction of the Concept of Western Civilization and Its "Others" and African Visions: Literary Images, Political Change, and Social Struggle in Contemporary Africa (with Cheryl B. Mwaria and Joseph McLaren).