Caliban and the witch silvia federici a u t o n o r n e d ia milano franco angeli 11ie great caliban history oj the rebel body ill the accumulation insofar as women have been the producers and reproducers of the most essential capitalist comiodity labor power as dalla costa put it womens unpaid. Federicis best known work caliban and the witch women the body and primitive accumulation expands on the work of leopoldina fortunati in it she argues against karl marxs claim that primitive accumulation is a necessary precursor for capitalism. Silvia federici caliban and the witch women the body and primitive accumulation brooklyn ny autonomedia 2004 it is hard to overstate the brilliance of this remarkable book which contests the traditional marxist view of the transition from feudalism to mercantile capitalism as a bloody but progressive revolution. 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
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