Silvia Federici presents: Our Mother Ocean and Family, Welfare and the State

In a time of profound economic and ecological crisis, Mariarosa Dalla Costa and Monica Chilese’s Our Mother Ocean (Common Notions, 2014) is a long-overdue reminder that the ocean is an integral terrain of struggle for the preservation of dignity and life. The book’s translator, longtime feminist author and activist Silvia Federici, presents the ocean as a site of many struggles and many commons and tells the story of the Fisherman’s Movement from its beginnings in Southern India to its central role in the struggle against neoliberal globalization.

Mariarosa Dalla Costa’s Family, Welfare, and the State (Common Notions, 2015) reflects on the history of struggles around the New Deal and the Great Depression in which workers’ initiatives forced a new relationship with the state on the terrain of social reproduction. Renowned feminist Silvia Federici, who contribites a powerful preface to the book, discusses the contemporary significance of revisiting the origins of the welfare system by discussing the relationship of women and the state and raises important questions about our own times in terms of crisis, resistance, and the possibilities for class autonomy.