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In Frames of War, Judith Butler explores the media’s portrayal of state violence, a process integral to the way in which the West wages modern. War is “framed” in the media so as to prevent us from recognising the people who are to be killed as living fully “grievable” lives, like ours. Frames of War begins where Butler’s Precarious Lives left off: on the idea that we cannot grieve for those lost lives that we never saw as lives to begin with.

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Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. There is little point, philosophically speaking, in making the case against interventionist military action purely on the grounds of their failed effectiveness, e.

Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. This is a development of the thought of life as being precarious and vulnerable and the political and ethical consequences of that thought in relation to war and violence.

Very well articulated as always, but quite repetitive. The second chapter builds on this treatment of sensation’s framed reception by considering its transmission via eyewitness accounts, particularly war photographs.

The logics of military security, national interest, and territorial sovereignty, shroud how Western audiences recognize Afghani lives. We bring you a selection of highlights: The question of how grievability undergoes framing is politically pertinent.

She makes a case that our global social entanglement shapes how we view each other as human beings. According to Frqmes Butler, each of our lives is ” Media representations and political discourse of life put frames into operation by differentiating “the cries we can groevable from those we cannot, the sights we can see from those we cannot, and likewise at the level of touch and even smell” Consider that she makes this observation: Verso Books 04 December Their lives have and had no meaning because they were already dead before they were born.

Apr 21, Justiina Dahl rated it it was amazing. She is currently a professor whej the Rhetoric and Comparative Literature departments at the University of California, Berkeley.


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Frames of Griecable is an intellectual masterpiece that weds a new understanding of being, immersed in history, to a novel Left politics that focuses on State violence, war and resistance. Also, I would recommend this text to philosophers, art historians — really, anyone in the humanities — and, also, anyone willing to engage in the political, human agency, sar, and ethics.

It is useful in cases of English as a second language, grieevable it is useful when we are talking about people who are brilliant thinkers and organizers but for whatever reason frequently economic have not had the time or money to learn the language systems of academic jargon.

I totally agree that the impact of photography on the viewer takes place in It contains five essays inspired by contemporary war; they focus on cultural modes through trames eclectic framing of violence.

So the bombing of these places becomes justifiable. Sometimes the connection between the individual chapters is a little bit too forced as some of the chapters had been published as articles before. Hegelian Reflections in Twentieth-Century France. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Her most recent work focuses on Jewish philosophy and exploring pre- and post-Zionist criticisms of state violence.

Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable? by Judith Butler

Part of the Ilfe Thinkers series. The opposition to war has to take place, in part, framrs remaking the conditions of its possibility and probability.

It seems to me that maybe photos can carry som meaning in and of themselves, but that meaning is very quickly overridden whenever some information or “facts” are revealed about the photo. This mode of social ontology for which no absolute distinction between social and ecological exists has concrete implications for how we re-approach the issues of reproductive grievxble and anti-war politics. Don’t have an account? This book discerns the resistance to the frames of war in the context of the images from Abu Ghraib, the poetry from Guantanamo, recent European policy on immigration and Islam, and debates on normativity and non-violence.


The other ones aren’t really necessary to read if you’ve already read Precarious Life. These two books should have been one, grrievable carefully developed, collection of essays. Butler analyses the statement that Islam would be homophobic as a religion, but what does that say about the individual Muslim?

By analyzing the different griefable through which we experience war, Butler calls for a reorientation of the Left toward the precarity of those lives. Nor just on the grounds that they work in the interest of the wrong guys aka imperialists. I disagree with her on the idea of non-violence not being a principle, but a call.

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I think it can be a principle and can work as such. I particularly like the idea that she develops from Precarious Life about being connected with people you don’t necessarily want to be connected to.

Oct 30, Robert Moscalewk rated it it was amazing. It is an important and rhetorical book!

Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable?

There is litt Ugh. Therefore if the enemy does not give their own people the status of living beings worthy of being mourned, missed or valued, why should anyone else? Nevertheless very interesting, especially if your looking for theory to understand the war on terror and other civilising mission, the framing of religious minorities, like Muslims and how we talk about war and violence.

View all 4 comments. I will also mention a gripe about the book’s type spacing. The release of Judith Butler’s most grievalbe work, Frames of War: