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 like when Butler states how the viewer forms moral criticism in response to photography like for example in Abu Ghraib’ photographs when the camera angle, the photographs’ frames, and the presented subjects all suggest that photographers who captured the violent events were involved wwhen its scene!

Anyway, on the other hand there is this: Butler is interested in maintaining the diversity that makes up the “I” and not see it as different categories that are fighting to become that “I”. The second in our series showcases Precarious Life: Feb 22, Lobstergirl rated it liked it. I don’t know if this is a Verso problem I don’t recall Virilio’s War and Cinema having this issuebut the type set was adjusted frequently in unpleasant ways.

Sadly, this discussion is as important as ever. 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. Chapter 5 might also come across as abstruse to those either dismissive of or without a grounding in Freudian psychology. Yet,we divide the world into those who are worthy of being grieved and those who are not.

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.

However, Butler critique’s Sontag in the idea that pictures would need text or some sort of context in order to have meaning. More to write when I finish.


Inspired by Your Browsing History. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. In doing so, she calls for a reconceptualization of the left, one united in opposition and resistance to the illegitimate and arbitrary effects grievqble interventionist military action.

Butler pursues a strategy by which a leftist politics can confront homophobia and anti-Islamic dogma alongside each other. This is a development of the thought of life as being precarious and vulnerable and the political and ethical consequences of that thought in relation to war and violence.

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: These two pife should have been one, more ks developed, collection of essays.

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

Butler argues instead that photos can carry a meaning without words. I think it can be a principle and can work as such. This is an interesting and thought provoking book.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Aurelia Guo 21 August Apr 17, Jessica Zu rated it it was amazing Shelves: I was also shocked that she actually ls the non -word irregardless page for anyone that cares. Apr 18, Erdem Tasdelen rated it liked it. To ask other readers questions about Frames of Warplease sign up. And she means everything.

Frames of War

Because this book’s subtitle is She lost me a bit in the last chapter with all the talk about ego, psychoanalysis is just not my thing. 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.

I grievab,e with her on the idea of non-violence not being a principle, but a call.

LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Lives are by definition precarious: I thought the book got a bit repetitive at times, but overall, I found grieavble a very important and interesting read.

I am, however, slightly less brilliant than her, and tend to struggle with theory texts. Each of these essays had been published previously. In matters of our global attitudes to war, violence, hatred, and non-tolerance, accessibility of her ideas is important for real change in my opinion. Feb 02, Pages. In one of her many brilliant statements she writes, ” 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.


Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable?

Butler argues from a we’re all, that is, ALL, precarious beings. So the bombing of these places becomes justifiable. Their lives have and had no meaning because they were already dead before they were born. When Is Life Grievable? It is definitely important to examine exactly how we frame human lives, or non-human lives, in historical study of war, but also in our present politics.

Butler’s arguments are, from this point of view, very well formed, because they basically start with this initial moment of confusion and they framse lead you to some kind of revelation in the light of day.

According to Butler, there’s no life without the conditions of life, and those conditions are pervasively social and, as such, precarious.

Quotes from Frames of War: I will also mention a gripe about the book’s type spacing. Jun 29, Madeleine rated it really liked it Shelves: She is currently a professor in the Rhetoric and Comparative Literature departments at the University of California, Berkeley. This portrayal has saturated our framss 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 particularly like the idea that she develops from Precarious Life about being connected with people you don’t necessarily want to be connected to. Trivia About Frames of War: The opposition to war has to take place, in part, through remaking the conditions of its possibility and probability.