162: Federici, Silvia
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Silvia Federici (b. 1942 Parma, Italy) is a prominent feminist political theorist and activist. She received her B.A. from Universita degli Studi di Bologna, Italy, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from SUNY Buffalo. She has taught at the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, and Hofstra University, where she is Professor Emerita. Federici is the co-founder of Wages for Housework Campaign and the Committee for Academic Freedom in Africa. She best known for her 2004 Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation, which examines the exploitation of women’s labor and bodies during the emergence of capitalism. Federici’s central contributions to political science are in the areas of feminism and the history of capitalism. Her work on reproductive labor, the witch-hunts, capitalism’s devaluation of women’s bodies and labor, colonialism, and primitive accumulation has fundamentally transformed how political scientists understand the origins and the development of capitalism.

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