For our first reading group of the pandemic, we'll be reading Caliban and the Witch. Our own Arianna Hess will be leading the discussion on this critical feminist text, and we'll be meeting online for discussions starting Monday, Nov 22nd.
We are currently taking pre-orders of this book so that we can have an idea of how many books to place on our order for AK Press. Please note that any book order placed for Caliban and the Witch will likely ship to you in about a week (or alternatively, you're welcome to select in-store pick up as an option).
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 mind are essential conditions for the development of labor power and self-ownership, two central principles of modern social organization. "In the neoliberal era of postmodernism, the proletariat is whited-out from the pages of history. Federici recovers its historical substance by telling its story starting at the beginning, with the throes of its birth. This is a book of remembrance, of a trauma burned into the body of women, which left a scar on humanity's memory as deep and painful as those caused by famine, slaughter, and enslavement." —Peter Linebaugh