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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Lives are by definition precarious: It gives valuable insight into politics and its connection to aesthetics, with “Torture and Ethics of Photography: LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices.

Don’t have an account? I like when Butler states how the viewer forms moral criticism in response to photography lfie for example in Abu Ghraib’ photographs when the camera angle, the photographs’ frames, and the presented subjects all suggest that photographers who captured the violent events were involved in its scene!

Judith Butler picks up some threads from Frxmes Life when writing this book and views it almost as a sequel to it. Published May 19th by Verso first published Yeah, sounds a little WTF.

Analyzing the different frames through which we frwmes war, Butler calls for a reorientation of the Left. Also in Radical Thinkers. Trivia About Frames of War: Her proposed notions of generalised precarity, grievability, and the need for critical discursions on the framing of norms provide tools for getting ourselves out of the impasse upon which current formulations of multiculturalism, identity, and liberalism have foundered.


Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable?

I was distressed by her use of language. Certain lives do not appear in danger, their precariousness does not warrant recognition, because they are not recognized as lives at all. She points out that we are nothing but social creatures that depend completely on each other for everything in our lives. Politics Philosophy Military History. Rather the “I” for Butler is those relations in a continuous now, I think.

Why, Butler, why use “irregardless”? They would also benefit from not being expected to learn how to write in these ways in order for their voices to be heard. Nor just on the grounds that they work in the interest of the wrong guys aka imperialists. Apr 12, Konrad rated it really liked it Shelves: Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now.

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May 01, Cerebralcortext rated it it was amazing Shelves: Butler is interested in maintaining the diversity that makes up the “I” and not see it as different categories that are fighting to become that “I”.

Following what is arguably the most incisive, and poignantly delivered chapter, the third turns to the cultural framing of the inter-relation of the rights of different minority groups: Butler’s arguments are, from this point of view, very well formed, because they wwr start with this initial moment of confusion and they eventually lead you to some kind of revelation in the light of day. However, Butler critique’s Sontag in the idea that pictures would need text or some sort of context in order to have meaning.

Indeed it would help the anti-war left if the what I call ‘uncritical Left’ actually deconstructed modern wars and violence torture, secret prisons but also certain immigration policies and links with the weapons industry in that way rather than wholesale adopting the humanitarian interventionist con and being unable to understand the direct link between, say, the US air base Ramstein in Germany and German weapon exports and escalating conflicts in other parts of the world.


In matters of our global attitudes to war, violence, hatred, and non-tolerance, accessibility of her ideas is important for real change in my grievabls. This is not a new idea.

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Feb 23, Pages Buy. She begins by briefly acknowledging that the election of Barack Obama, which occurred after the book’s completion, poses future possibilities we hope ameliorating for which she cannot account. She makes a case that our global social entanglement shapes how we view each other as human beings.

I am, however, slightly less brilliant than her, and tend to struggle with theory texts.

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. Frames of War 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.

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Butler crafts the notion of the frame by reflecting on the practices through which American audiences comprehend the human costs of war. I will give her the benefit of the doubt and consider that an incompetent editor or grad student made the slip-up.