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Witches, Witch-Hunting, and Women

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The world is witnessing a new surge of interpersonal and institutional violence against women, including new witch hunts. This surge of violence has occurred alongside an expansion of capitalist social relation. In this new work, Silvia Federici examines the root causes of these developments and outlines the consequences for the women affected and their communities. She ar ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published October 1st 2018 by PM Press
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Sarah Jaffe
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: love-research
If you're tempted by but don't have time to read Caliban and the Witch, this is a quick readable rundown of its arguments; if you have, it also has updates that are worth a look.
Mckenzie Ragan
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
First time reading Silvia Federici, and I’m not sure how. Caliban & the Witch has been on my ‘to read’ list for several years. Apparently Witches, Witch-Hunting, & Women condenses a lot of the former’s arguments, or at least provides an introduction to them. Some of the essays seem to be laying groundwork for future publications. Essentially, Federici ties witch-hunting from both historical and modern times to the development of capitalism.

Obviously there is misogyny and sexism entailed
Hannah Wattangeri
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a small book consisting of a series of articles written by Silvia Federici. She begins with a summary of her research into the 16th and 17th century witch hunts in Europe and America which killed and tortured thousands of women. Her thesis is how witch hunts occurred in the context of the development of capitalism, which she argues needs to be explored in the economic/political context of capital accumulation. She then goes on to explore the current-day witch hunts occurring in Africa, S ...more
Meredith Murphy
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you have the time and want to get an in-depth understanding on the connection between the witch hunts and capitalist accumulation, read Federici’s Caliban and the Witch. This book is the popular version of it, meant to raise the questions it asks in the minds of a broader audience. Caliban and the Witch gets into the theoretical and historiographical details and offers a deeper analysis.
Jesper Döpping
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Important topic - but to fast in its arguments

I admittedly bought this book, because the authors Caliban and the witch wasn’t available electronically. This is a popular version and therefore also simplified in its argument. Despite that I believe the book unnecessarily simplifies what is and was at stake in the Middle Ages and today.

Since the author starts with the Danish “midsummer Visen”. I have to point out that there are important common misunderstandings in the presentation and when it is
Ali Kheyri
Nov 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
The main idea was so interesting to me that i buy the book and start to read without hesitation. the introduction makes me even more eager to continue but after chapter 2 i was disappointed. lack of historical evident, absence of clarifying the claim that brought up in introduction destroy the book's structure. i expect something like Foucault's genealogy with many details and subtle hint about witches but instead writer repeat the DE Beauvoir statements about the self-govern women societies.
Rivera Sun
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Silvia Federici's work is always illuminating. It's the kind of writing that I work through slowly, giving myself time to absorb the deep implications of what she's saying. Each line is full of past history and laden with import for our present lives.
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Silvia Federici is a scholar, teacher, and activist from the radical autonomist feminist Marxist tradition.[1] She is a professor emerita and Teaching Fellow at Hofstra University, where she was a social science professor.[2] She worked as a teacher in Nigeria for many years, is also the co-founder of the Committee for Academic Freedom in Africa, and is a member of the Midnight Notes Collective.[3
“[V]iolence against women is a key element in this new global war, not only because of the horror it evokes or the messages it sends but because of what women represent in their capacity to keep their communities together and, equally important, to defend noncommercial conceptions of security and wealth.” 3 likes
“[W]omen were those most likely to be victimized because they were the most 'disempowered' by these changes, especially older women, who often rebelled against their impoverishment and social exclusion and who consituted the bulk of the accused. In other words, women were charged with witchcraft because the restructuring of rural Europe at the dawn of capitalism destroyed their means of livelihood and the basis of their social poer, leaving them with no resort but dependence on the charity of the better-off at a time when communal bonds were disintegrating and a new morality was taking hold that criminalized begging and looked down upon charity, the reputed path to eternal salvation in the medieval world.” 1 likes
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