Caliban and the Witch - Silvia Federici (Chapter 3 - The Great Caliban: The Struggle Against The Rebel Body)
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Caliban and the Witch - Silvia Federici (Chapter 3 - The Great Caliban: The Struggle Against The Rebel Body)

How were we transformed from humans into machines? In this third installement of Silvia Federici's 'Caliban and the Witch' we discuss 'Chapter 3 - The Great Caliban: The Struggle Against The Rebel Body' and learn about the origins of the mechanisation of the workforce, the new social conceptualisation of the body, magical corpses, the philosophical battle between Descartes and Hobbes and the introduction of shame of the body.


This episode is part of our series on Marxist feminists. As Mao said, “Women hold up the other half of the sky.” Red Book Club recognizes that including the voices of nonmen in our studies is not a niche activity, but is in fact an essential step in gaining the most comprehensive view of the material conditions of the past and present as we possibly can; so we’ve planned this series to amplify the ideas that nonmen have been bringing to the conversation for centuries. From Federici’s analysis of women as a means of primitive accumulation to Luxemburg’s essay of the benefits of revolution vs the impossibility of reform, each of these works confronts history and the movement for social change through the lens of the experiences of nonmen in society. Follow us on Twitter at @RBCpod and feel free to message us if you need links to companion resources or have any questions. You can also find us on our new site at www.rbcpod.wordpress.com  where you can find ebook copies of the works that we're covering and more.

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