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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I was hoping to find this for a paper, but I have to look elsewhere.

Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable?

Inspired by Your Browsing History. I totally agree that frzmes impact of photography on the viewer takes place in contrast to the viewer’s will! By analyzing the different frames through which we experience war, Butler calls for a reorientation of the Left toward the precarity of those lives.

But to say that I understood or even recognized all the concepts in the book would be untrue.

They would also benefit from not being expected to learn how to write in these ways in order for their voices to be heard. Nov 23, Margaret Robbins rated it really liked it.

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

News media frame the conflict as a question of whether to escalate troop commitments and what regional authorities to endorse. At stake, for Butler, is the ‘precariousness’ of lives.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. She touches on how the media manipulates our emotions to reinforce or create our sentiments. I disagree with her on the idea of non-violence not being a principle, but a call. Nevertheless, the refreshing poise and intellectualism prevalent throughout the text makes it very much worth the effort, with chapters 2 and 4 being my personal standouts of such delight commensurate to the exertions required of my weak mind.


Their lives have and had no meaning because they were already dead before they were born. Precarious Life around the world Celebrating WomenInTranslation month at Verso, we are highlighting international editions of Verso books by women whose writing has made an impact around the world.

Sometimes the connection between the individual chapters is a little bit too forced as some of the chapters had been published as articles before.

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Indeed it ie help the anti-war left if the what Llfe call ‘uncritical Left’ actually deconstructed modern grievabble 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 frievable 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.

Her research ranges from literary theory, modern philosophical fiction, feminist and sexuality studies, to 19th- and 20th-century European literature and philosophy, Kafka and loss, and mourning and war. Otherwise we cannot justify war and violence. A discussion of the Abu Ghraib photographs as a locus of the homophobia of the U.

Media representations and political discourse of life put frames into operation by differentiating “the cries we can hear from those we cannot, the sights we can see from those we cannot, and likewise at the level of touch and even smell” Judith Butler no livro ‘Quadros de Guerra: This is probably one of the more important philosophical projects of our time.

In matters of our global attitudes to war, violence, hatred, and non-tolerance, accessibility framws her ideas is important for real change in my opinion. The release of Judith Butler’s most recent work, Frames of War: I am, however, slightly less brilliant than her, and tend to struggle with theory texts.

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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. In true butler style it was incredibly detailed and well thought through, but luckily it was much more pleasant to read than bodies that matter. We wwr shake our heads at their wretchedness but then we sacrifice them nonetheless, for they are already forgone.

It might not be the most essential Butler book, or the one to start with necessarily, but it is worthwhile reading, particularly for the thoughts on photography, torture, modernism and non-violence.

Butler is largely appreciative to Sontag’s writing on photography and violence. May 01, Cerebralcortext rated it it was amazing Shelves: This portrayal has saturated our understanding of human life, and has led to the exploitation and abandonment of whole peoples, who are cast as existential threats rather than as living populations in need of protection.

I felt it started to unravel towards the end or maybe it was my mind unravelling. So she tries to analyse what the different frames of war might say about for example America’s war on terror.

Writing academic scholarship in ways that allow more people fo gain access to it is also beneficial when ia are talking about economic justice. Approval of homosexuality being a sign of modernity, a requirement for anyone who waar to join in society.

Find the perfect book: Apr 12, Konrad rated it really liked it Shelves: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. But the rest of the book was super interesting. Butler received her Ph.

Verso Books 18 November Also in Radical Thinkers.