"We are 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 relations. In this new work that revisits some of the main themes of Caliban and the Witch, Silvia Federici examines the root causes of these developments and outlines the consequences for the women affected and their communities. She argues that, no less than the witch hunts in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Europe and the "New World," this new war on women 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, what we discover behind today's violence against women are processes of enclosure, land dispossession, and the remolding of women's reproductive activities and subjectivity. As well as an investigation into the causes of this new violence, the book is also a feminist call to arms. Federici's work provides new ways of understanding the methods in which women are resisting victimization and offers a powerful reminder that reconstructing the memory of the past is crucial for the struggles of the present." --
Includes bibliographical references (pages 89-97) and index
Part I. Revisiting capital accumulation and the European witch hunt. Midsommervisen "Vi elsker vort land" -- Why speak of the witch hunts again? -- Witch hunts, enclosures, and the demise of communal property relations -- Witch-hunting and the fear of the power of women -- On the meaning of 'gossip'
Part II. New forms of capital accumulation and witch-hunting in our time. Globalization, capital accumulation, and violence against women: an international and historical perspective -- Witch-hunting, globalization, and feminist solidarity in Africa today