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Frames of War : When is Life Grievable? - Judith Butler

Frames of War

When is Life Grievable?

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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. 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. These people are framed as already lost, to imprisonment, unemployment and starvation, and can easily be dismissed. In the twisted logic that rationalizes their deaths, the loss of such populations is deemed necessary to protect the lives of 'the living.' This disparity, Butler argues, has profound implications for why and when we feel horror, outrage, guilt, loss and righteous indifference, both in the context of war and, increasingly, everyday life.

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. In this urgent response to ever more dominant methods of coercion, violence and racism, Butler calls for a re-conceptualization of the Left, one that brokers cultural difference and cultivates resistance to the illegitimate and arbitrary effects of state violence and its vicissitudes.

"Judith Butler is quite simply one of the most probing, challenging, and influential thinkers of our time." J.M. Bernstein "It's clear that its author is still interested in stirring up trouble - academic, political and otherwise." - Bookforum"

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: Precarious Life, Grievable Lifep. 1
Survivability, Vulnerability, Affectp. 33
Torture and the Ethics of Photography: Thinking with Sontagp. 63
Sexual Politics, Torture, and Secular Timep. 101
Non-Thinking in the Name of the Normativep. 137
The Claim of Non-Violencep. 165
Indexp. 185
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ISBN: 9781844673339
ISBN-10: 1844673332
Audience: BAG
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st June 2009
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.7  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1