Caliban and the Witch

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    Silvia Federici

    Publisher: Autonomedia

    Year: 2004


    Size: 283 pages

    ISBN: 9781570270597

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A groundbreaking herstorical exploration, in many ways similar to Maria Mies’ Patriarchy and Accumulation on a World Scale, Caliban and the Witch focuses much more on Europe, while bringing Federici’s own autonomous Marxist perspective to bear on the subject at hand.

This book is very much a history of the making of the European working class, a re-telling of the birth of capitalism, with women at the center of the story. While there is some repetition from chapter to chapter (one suspects that some of them could stand on their own), the picture painted is moving and accessible, and Federici draws on an abundance of scholarly sources. Caliban and the Witch can be a useful tool in laying the foundations of a movement that is at the same time anti-capitalist, anti-patriarchal, and anti-colonialist.

I have written an in-depth review of Caliban and the Witch, a shortened version of which was published in the revolutionary journal Upping the Anti in their 2nd issue, January 2005. You can read a longer version of my review on my site here: Caliban and the Witch; a Book Review.

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