This collection explores key themes in the contemporary critique of political economy, in honour of the work and practice of Silvia Federici and George Caffentzis – two of the most significant contemporary theorists of capitalism and anti-capitalism, whose contributions span half a century of struggle, crisis and debate.
Drawing together a collection of essays that assess Federici and Caffentzis’s contributions, offering critical and comradely reflections and commentary that build on their scholarship, this volume acts as a guide to their work, while also taking us beyond it. The book is organised around five key themes: revolutionary histories, reproduction, money and value, commons, and struggles.
Ultimately, the book shines light on the continuing relevance of Caffentzis and Federici’s work in the twenty-first century for understanding anti-capitalism, ‘primitive accumulation’ and the commons, feminism, reproductive labour and Marx’s value theory.
Publisher: Pluto Press
Published: June 2019
Editors: Camille Barbagallo, Nicholas Beuret, and David Harvie
Size: 15 x 23 cm
Page count: 352
- ‘In this labour of love, radical theory joins passionate praxis to honour the social thought and political vision of Silva Federici and George Caffentzis, whose work together and apart offers hope that another world can be made’ – Eileen Boris, co-author of Caring for America
- ‘The path breaking work of Caffentzis and Federici is continually generative for contemporary anticapitalist thinkers and activists because it is at once critical and visionary. This fine collection of essays pays homage to their writing not through mere praise, but by putting their ideas to work toward the ongoing struggle for new understandings and better worlds’ – Kathi Weeks, author of The Problem with Work: Feminism, Marxism, Antiwork Politics, and Postwork Imaginaries
- ‘We need comrades with a clear sight and an open, affective heart. Many of us have found in George Caffentzis and Silvia Federici that company… And here they are, to celebrate them, with an exceptional cohort of intellectuals/activists, with compas, who are saying today what needs to be said to continue the struggle, to resist the horror and to create a new world’ – Gustavo Esteva, activist, ‘deprofessionalised intellectual’ and founder of Universidad de la Tierra in Oaxaca, Mexico
- ‘No one has taught us more that communism is with us than George Caffentzis and Silvia Federici… the greatest living theorists of commoning’ – Stefano Harney, co-author of The Undercommons
- ‘This collection offers an extraordinary kaleidoscope of critical reflections on social reproduction and class struggle. More than that, it is fitting testimony to the inspiration and grounding that Silvia and George continue to provide for those seeking a life beyond the sway of capital’ – Steve Wright, author of Storming Heaven: Class Composition and Struggle in Italian Autonomist Marxism