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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We may shake our heads at their wretchedness but then we sacrifice them nonetheless, for they are already forgone. Butler received her Ph.

We may believe that the people in those places are being used by the enemy as human shields. Because this book’s subtitle is: To ask other readers questions about Frames of Warplease sign up.

Verso Books 18 November Consider that she makes this observation: Jun 29, Madeleine rated it really liked it Shelves: She touches on how the media manipulates our emotions to reinforce or create our sentiments. Apr 22, Steffi rated it really liked it Shelves: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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I think disability really is just the tip of the iceberg of reasons why people should write using plain language. But to say that I understood or even recognized all the concepts in the book would be untrue. 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: Book titles OR Journal titles.


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Frames of War

This mode of ‘social ontology’ of life has concrete political implications. Yeah, sounds a little WTF.

To say that ‘life is precarious’ is to say that the possibility of being sustained relies fundamentally on social and political conditions. It contains five essays inspired wehn contemporary war; they focus on cultural modes through an eclectic framing grjevable violence.

If, for 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.

When is Life Grievable?

Review: Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable? by Judith Butler | Books | The Guardian

However, mostly in an American context I would think. Is rocking my hybrid PhD theoretical framework. Mar 19, Nawara Zantah rated it it was amazing. I would recommend this collection not only to those interested in the topic but also to those who want to read a good piece of non-fiction wat writing.

Their lives have and had no meaning because they were already dead before they were born. A critique of war must start with deconstructing these frames.

The second chapter builds on this treatment of sensation’s framed reception by considering its transmission via eyewitness accounts, particularly war photographs.

Mar 12, James rated it it was amazing. Butler pursues a strategy by which a leftist politics can confront homophobia and anti-Islamic dogma alongside each other.

Politics Philosophy Military History. Rather the “I” for Butler is those relations in a continuous now, I think. We bring you a selection of highlights: Read it Forward Read it first.

I frrames a fan of Judith Butler because she has some unique and thoughtful ways of looking at difficult questions. This is probably one of the more important philosophical projects of our time.


Certain lives do not appear in danger, their precariousness does not warrant recognition, because they are not recognized as lives at all. Apr 21, Justiina Dahl rated it it was amazing. Approval of homosexuality being a sign of modernity, a wqr for anyone who wanted to join in society.

On the other hand, this seems to be contradicted by Butler’s own careful contextual framing of the photos of torture from the Abu Ghraib. In this urgent response to ever more dominant methods of coercion, violence and racism, Butler calls for fo re-conceptualization of the Left, one that brokers cultural difference and cultivates resistance to the gdievable and arbitrary effects of state violence and its vicissitudes. In this age of CNN-mediated war, the lives of those wretched populations of the earth—the refugees; the victims of unjust imprisonment and torture; the immigrants virtually enslaved by their starvation and legal disenfranchisement—are always presented to us as already irretrievable and thereby already lost.

Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable?

Chapter 2 was a standout. Apr 23, Jacob rated it liked it. She is coming from the position that all human life, all interconnected on this planet, is grievable. It seems to me that maybe photos can carry som meaning in whne of themselves, but that meaning is very quickly overridden whenever some information or “facts” are revealed about the photo.

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