“The Making of Capitalist Patriarchy”: Interview with Silvia Federici


In December, we interviewed Silvia Federici, a Marxist-feminist thinker, author and activist. Federici was a member of the International Feminist Collective beginning in the 1970’s, which produced the Campaign for Wages for Housework along with Selma James and Maria Dalla Costa. She is the author of Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation and Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle.

We were interested in talking to Federici because of the rare work she has done writing about the women’s labor and investigating the relationship between housework and the capitalist system. There is a fairly complicated body of work considering “the woman question” in the socialist tradition, attempting to understand sexual divisions within the capitalist system. Engels of course wrote The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State as a contribution to this discussion, where essentially he and Marx believed that…

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