Witches, Witch-Hunting, and Women

Book Title Witches, Witch-Hunting, and Women
Author Name Silvia Federici
Publishing house PM Press
Country – city USA
Date of issue 2018
Number of pages 120

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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 argues, that this new war on women, a mirror of witch hunts in 16th- and 17th-century Europe and the “New World,” is a structural element of the new forms of capitalist accumulation. These processes are founded on the destruction of people’s most basic means of reproduction. Like at the dawn of capitalism, the factors behind today’s violence against women are processes of enclosure, land dispossession, and the remolding of women’s reproductive activities and subjectivity.

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