A history of the body in the transition to capitalism. Moving from the peasant revolts of the late Middle Ages to the witch-hunts and the rise of mechanical philosophy, Federici investigates the capitalist rationalization of social reproduction. She shows how the battle against the rebel body and the conflict between body and mind are essential conditions for the development of labor power and self-ownership, two central principles of modern social organization.
Anyway, it's a book about the history of capitalism, especially how it affected the role of women in society.
Full of ideas and contexts that hadn't occurred to me before -- this book blew my mind on a regular basis. Not a perfect book -- some arguments felt like overreaches, but considering the scope of history it's discussing, and the slimness of the volume, it packs quite a wallop.
Will definitely affect the lens through which I examine history for quite some time.