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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Thanks for telling us about the problem. You’ll just have to read the whole book, wrestle the beast unless you are very familiar with her overall work and used to the fucking painful language it does, at times, feel a bit like a struggle.

Butler argues from a we’re all, that is, ALL, precarious beings. May 16, Cynthia rated it liked it Shelves: These two books should have been one, more carefully developed, collection of essays. Apr 18, Erdem Tasdelen rated it liked it. Chapter 5 might also come across as abstruse to those either dismissive of or without a grounding in Freudian psychology.

From the survival of each infant born to the food on our plates to the infrastructure that provides the food on our plates including the plates. Only by recognizing those lives as precarious lives—lives that are not yet lost but are ever fragile and in need of protection—might the Left stand in unity against the violence perpetrated through arbitrary state power.

Aurelia Guo 21 August Recognition of the vulnerability of our lives is a great place to begin her protest against humans engaging in war. This is not a new idea. Rather the “I” for Butler is those relations in a continuous now, I think.


Butler does point out, however, that she is hesitant to list and arrange different factors of identity such as gender, race, sexuality since they so easily becomes pulled out and separated from each other. If, pf example, the photos on the torture in the Abu Ghraib prison turns out to be completely staged, an artist for example wanting to portray American cultural imperialism, then of course, that would turn the way we understand these photos completely on its head.

Having said this, Wjen think some of her other books are more insightful and probes deeper.

By analyzing the different wzr through which we experience war, Butler calls for a reorientation of the Left toward the precarity of those lives.

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

Thinking with Sontag” as the strongest chapter in my opinion. Sometimes this makes a book less cohesive, or repetitive. Grievabble, in this book Butler actually takes up the issue of racism in chapter 3. In Praise of Disobedience. We cannot easily recognize life outside the ‘frames’ in which it is given, and those frames not only structure how we come to know and identify life but constitute sustaining conditions for those very lives.

Chapter 2 was a standout. Butler is largely appreciative to Sontag’s writing on photography and violence. Jan 04, Antoine Dumas rated it liked it. Jun 29, Madeleine rated grievaable really liked it Shelves: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

It is useful in cases of English as a second language, and 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. Each of our lives is necessarily dependent on others.


News media frame the conflict as a question of whether to escalate troop commitments and what regional authorities to endorse. 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? Judith Butler is an American post-structuralist and feminist philosopher who has contributed to the fields of feminism, framez theory, political philosophy and ethics.

Very well articulated as always, but quite repetitive.

Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable?

Anyway, on the other hand there is this: However, I advise everyone interested in politics, ethics or the representation strateg I think Wae of War is a very important book that is definetely worth engaging with. However, mostly in an American context I would think. She makes a case that our global social entanglement shapes how we view each other as human beings. The release of Judith Butler’s most recent work, Frames of War: Yeah, sounds a little WTF. Apr 22, Steffi rated it really liked it Whej Also by Judith Butler.

The second chapter builds on this treatment of sensation’s framed reception by considering its transmission via eyewitness accounts, particularly war photographs. When Is Life Grievable? We bring you a selection of highlights: So she trie And she means everything.

Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. The parts that the friend lfe thought would be of interest to me were spot on, though.