Leopoldina Fortunati

Major work: The Arcane of Reproduction: Housework, Prostitution, Labor and Capital
Key Figures: Karl Marx, Antonio Negri, Mariarosa Dalla Costa
Political associations: Movimento Femminista - Potere Operaio
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Resources Quotes from The Arcane of Reproduction The Arcane of Reproduction (text as image files in huge pdf)


The Arcane of Reproduction. Housework, Prostitution, Labor and Capital. Autonomedia, New York, 1995 (L'arcano della riproduzione. Casalinghe, prostitute, operai e capitale, Marsilio, Padova. 1981).

(with Silvia Federici) Caliban & the Witches, Semiotexts, 1998 (Il grande Calibano. Storia del corpo sociale ribelle nella prima fase del capitale, FrancoAngeli, Milano.1984)

(with Mariarosa Dalla Costa) Brutto ciao, Edizioni delle donne, Roma.1977

(ed) Mediating the human body:Technology, communication and fashion, 2003


"Women and Icts in post-modern society: some considerations", paper presented at the International Society for Social Studies in Science (4S), Boston MA, USA, 1-4 November 2001.

"The adventure of Newspapers on Line: the Italian Case", paper presented at the conference "The Impact of the Internet on The Mass Media" Tromsø, 21-22 June 2002 (forthcoming).

"The impact of Internet on the mass media in Europe: The mediatisation of the net and the internetisation of the mass media", paper presented at the workshop Meeting of COST A20 "Newspapers and magazines", held at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, 13. and 14. December 2002 (forthcoming).

"Behind the mask", paper presented at the International Symposium Gender and ICT, 17 January 2003, Amsterdam, the Nederlands and proposed to Ics

"The Mobile Phone and Democracy: an Ambivalent Relationship", paper presented at the international conference "Mobile Communication: Social and Political Effects" 24-25 April, 2003, Budapest Hungary (in press)

"The adventure of newspapers online. A case study: the Italian women's weekly Donna Moderna", paper presented at the conference "Towards New Media Paradigms: Content, Producers, Organisations and Audiences", 27-28 June 2003, Pamplona, Spain

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