caliban witchIn this classic work, feminist Marxist Federici examines exploitation and dispossession in the transition to capitalism. She uses the example of the witch hunts to analyze how gender relations were reshaped and what role the control of female and colonized bodies played in the establishment of patriarchy and capitalism as well as in resistance to them. Of particular interest for the global context is the chapter “Colonization and Christianization: Caliban and Witches in the New World,” in which she describes the importance of witch hunts for the spread of capitalism during European imperialism to the present day.

Silvia Federici (2012): Caliban and the Witch. Women, the body and original accumulation. Vienna. Mandelbaum critique & utopia.

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