Witches, Witch-Hunting, and Women

About the Author: Silvia Federici

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


[Epub] Witches, Witch-Hunting, and Women  By Silvia Federici – Onedayyourdayweddings.co.uk
  • Paperback
  • 120 pages
  • Witches, Witch-Hunting, and Women
  • Silvia Federici
  • English
  • 06 January 2019
  • 9781629635682

Witches, Witch-Hunting, and Women 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.

10 thoughts on “Witches, Witch-Hunting, and Women

  1. Sarah Jaffe says:

    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.

  2. Mckenzie Ragan says:

    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 in witch hunting, but there equally is a hatred of woman not just as body but as symbol with looming implications for the capitalist project With the ascension of enclosure and private property, there was a drive to establish hierarchy, to cement woman s place in both the family and society to establish male authority and production and capital accumulation as first priority of the state Among other things, this meant setting boundaries on the female body and sexuality by defining sexual norms and deviations It also meant dousing any flames that might grow to challenge the burgeoning order Women recognized within their communities as healers were viewed with superstitious fear Fear den...

  3. Melanie (Mel& says:

    This was unbelievably good and I agree with you that this is a game changer Amazing Silvia Federici is an academic and feminist activist In this book she makes the case of continued capitalist expansion in relation to ongoing oppression ...

  4. Hannah Wattangeri says:

    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, South America and India She argues that this new war on women is a structural element of the new forms of capitalist accumulation She highlights the connections between violence against women and processes of enclosure, land dispossession and the remolding of women s reproductive activiti...

  5. Gonçalo Birra says:

    It delivers on what it promises to Succinct overview on the topic not comprehensive or detailed , establishing a constant parallel between capital accumulation market and the demonised witch, both in the past and in contemporary societies It reminds us of our own implicit and explicit implic...

  6. Meredith Murphy says:

    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 versi...

  7. Ali Kheyri says:

    The main idea was so interesting to me that i buy the book and start to read without hesitation the introduction makes me even 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 witch...

  8. Clare Fitzgerald says:

    I know you re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but how could I possibly resist that little black and purple, tattoo art number, contrasting so beautifully with the neutrals of the Hauswitch shop floor And especially emblazoned with those enticing words Witches, Witch Hunting and Women, by Silvia Federici.Alas, my love for slim purple volumes has again landed me in a world of disappointment Unlike the pirate book, however, this book isn t actually bad, and the problem is hardly that the subject matter barely exists In fact, the only real issue I had with this book is one that I walked squarely into by picking up this book instead of Caliban and the Witch, like a lazy dumbass Namely This book is very short, barely 100 pages it s meant to build on and update the arguments in Caliban and the Witch and is largely to the extent that there is a largely in a book this small transcripts of talks that Federici has given rather than being stuff that was developed to be read as serious academic theory The result is bite sized vague a bit sweeping and frequently lacking in dates, statistics, specific locations, explanations of how precisely increases and decreases in violence are being measured, methodology, and other such stuff I expect to find in serious scholarly works probably because it isn t on...

  9. Stu says:

    An easily digestible companion piece to Federici s incomparable Caliban and the Witch If the small font, long paragraphs, and oceans of footnotes in Caliban and the Witch strike you as a bit daunting, then give Witches, Witch Hunting, and Women a whirl It engages with the the same theme s that Caliban and the Witch explores such as, but not limited to, the idea that the naming and persecuting women as witches paved the way to the confinement of women in Europe to unpaid domestic labor, which legitimated women s subordination to men in and beyond the family and gave the state control over women s reproductive capacity, guaranteeing the creation of a new generation of workers but does so in far less depth This sounds like a criticism, but it really isn t As fascinating and provocative as Caliban and the Witch is, it is also not by any measure an easy read, whereas Witches, Witch Hunting, and Women is streamlined and direct, theoretically and analytically rich without ...

  10. Jesper Döpping says:

    Important topic but to fast in its argumentsI 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 read from an english language perspective In Drachmann s lyrics Hekse and trolde refers directly to the Nordic Norse mythology and the opposition between j tter the creatures that don t want anything good for the human and the Aser the protectors of the humans Yet even though j tter and aser disagrees they also intermarry eg frey Trolde and hekse are a reference to j tter trolde is primarily gendered male, hekse are primarily female Drachmann s Song it is those not per see an issue of burning human women it in fact became an issue of primarily women who apparently have metamorphosed in to j tter What the author is right about is that the inquisition, the witch hunt in practice becomes a direct assault on the common, trade, money and in particu...