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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Refresh and try again. Trivia About Frames of War: So she trie Butler’s account of the frame here focuses on its affective dimension; its sensation impacts viewers of America’s conflicts viscerally and immediately.

When is Life Grievable? Otherwise we cannot justify war and violence.

It is the project of Butler’s work to demonstrate how these frames differentiate what lives appear more and less valuable; they secure not only the interpretive schemes through lie some lives appear more like human lives than others but also determine what makes the lives at stake distinctly human lives.

I will also mention a gripe about the book’s type spacing. She is currently a professor in the Rhetoric and Comparative Literature departments at the University of California, Berkeley.

According to Judith Butler, each of our lives is ” Butler is largely appreciative to Sontag’s grievabld on photography and violence. This mode of ‘social ontology’ of life has concrete political implications.

These people are framed as already lost, to imprisonment, unemployment and starvation, and can easily be dismissed. Want to Read saving…. 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.


Feb 23, Pages Buy. Judith Butler picks up some threads from Precarious Life when writing this book and views it almost as a sequel to it. Wars attempt to maximize precariousness for others, while minimize precariousness for the power in question.

She points out that we are nothing but social creatures that depend completely on each other for everything in our lives. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. This is a worthwhile read though! Feb 22, Lobstergirl rated it liked it. Butler somehow has the talent of initiating her discussion of certain aspects in a very confusing manner: Especially the chapters on photography 2 and the one about the neoliberal discourse of sexual liberation as the supposed meter of modernity 3 where cool and inspiring.

When Is Life Grievable? Hegelian Reflections in Twentieth-Century France. If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’. Nor just on the grounds that they work in the interest of the wrong guys aka imperialists.

Writing academic scholarship in ways that allow more people to gain access to it is also beneficial when we are talking about economic justice. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Dense, obviously, but piercingly intelligent and thought-provoking.

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Sadly, this discussion is as important as ever. This is an interesting and thought provoking book. See all books by Judith Butler. Mar 03, nico rated it liked it Shelves: The policy has since been abandoned.

We bring you a selection of highlights: In one of her many brilliant statements she writes, ” According to Butler, there’s no life without the conditions of life, and those conditions are pervasively social and, as such, precarious. Rather the “I” for Butler is those if in a continuous now, I think. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. There is litt Ugh.


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There is more to be said about this book and much food for thought. Butler’s arguments are, from this point of view, very well formed, because they basically start with this initial moment of confusion and they eventually lead you to some kind of revelation in the light of day. Fabulous book so far. 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.

I totally agree that the impact of photography on the viewer takes place in contrast to the viewer’s will!

Frames of War

I think that is more what Sontag means when she says that photos need texts in order to be understood. I am not sure she is interested in changing the world so much as she just whej to explore it philosophically grievabke for the fun of it.

Politics Philosophy Military History Category: Butler crafts the notion of the frame by reflecting on the practices through which American audiences comprehend the human costs of war. To say that ‘life is precarious’ is to say that the possibility of being sustained relies fundamentally on social and political conditions.

Lives are by definition precarious: