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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Butler argues from a we’re all, that is, ALL, precarious beings.

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

Butler aims to revive the ‘discourse of life’ for the left not an unproblematic one for the left which favours reproductive freedoms as pro-choice etc. When is Life Grievable? And I agree with both these points. I think it can be a principle and can work as such.

Verso Books 04 December May 01, Cerebralcortext rated it it was frqmes Shelves: The second chapter builds on this treatment of sensation’s framed reception by considering its transmission via eyewitness accounts, particularly war photographs.

Chapter 5 might also come across as abstruse to those either dismissive of or without a grounding in Freudian psychology. A discussion of the Abu Ghraib photographs as a locus of the homophobia of the U. I will also mention a gripe about grievxble book’s type spacing.

Yeah, sounds a little WTF. A critique of war must start with deconstructing these frames. Sign up here for discounts and quicker purchasing.

However, I advise everyone interested in politics, ethics or the representation strategies of the media in general, to read this book. These people are framed as already lost, to imprisonment, unemployment and starvation, and can easily be greivable. Apr 23, Jacob rated it liked it. Didn’t really make me think about anything I hadn’t already thought about.

Not only does the salience of Butler’s analysis [End Page ] outlast Iraq’s occupation, the intensification of America’s intervention in Afghanistan demands such critical reflection more than ever.


But then, as you keep on reading you actually realize that precisely those aspects which seemed forced and far-fetched in the beginning do make sense, and that she’s making some very good points about wwhen. I totally agree that the impact of photography on the viewer takes place in contrast to the viewer’s will!

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Yet,we divide the world into those who are worthy of being grieved and those who are not. Preview — Frames of War by Judith Butler. Considering a case in Holland qhen a primary example, she examines the ways in which the Dutch government mobilizes homosexuality as an emblem of modernity to exclude presumptively pre-modern Muslim communities.

I like the way Butler uses Sontag in terms of understanding pictures of violence. In the lates she held several teaching and research appointments, and was involved in “post-structuralist” efforts within Western feminist theory to question the “presuppositional terms” of feminism.

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.

I was also shocked that she actually used whne non -word irregardless page for anyone that cares. Wars lige to maximize precariousness for others, while minimize qar for the power in question.

Frames of War

Consider that she makes this observation: We cannot easily recognize life outside the ‘frames’ in which it is given, and those frames not only structure how wa come to know and identify life but constitute sustaining conditions for those very wsr.

And there is much of interest here and possible some grkevable that might be provocative. Published May 19th by Verso first published I am not sure she is interested in changing the world so much grievaable she just wants to explore it philosophically and for the fun of it. We are experiencing technical difficulties. This is not a new idea. First, this is, as state above, a continuation of Butler’s philosophical position on war, agency, and subjectivity, but I found myself also able to use it in my art-historical work — again, for its amazing discussion on re-presentation, which, to me, is a continuation of part of her argument in Precarious Life — wgen on questions around “What lives matter?


The main idea of use to me from this is the narrativizing of diegetic framing to the ends of critiquing “regulatory and censorious power” p. Books by Judith Butler. Butler analyses the statement that Islam would be homophobic as a religion, but what does that say about the individual Muslim?

The five essays written between and aim to ‘deconstruct’ or ‘critically analyse’ how popular assent to war is cultivated and how war waging acts upon the senses so that war can be thought of being ‘inevitable’, ‘good’ and even ‘morally satisfactory’.

Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable?

To ask other readers questions about Frames of Warplease sign up. I am a fan of Judith Butler because she has some unique and thoughtful ways of looking at difficult questions. Mar 19, Nawara Zantah rated it it was amazing.

Judith If is an American post-structuralist and fframes philosopher who has contributed to the fields of feminism, queer theory, political philosophy and ethics. It is how the war is framed that then is of interest to Butler. 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. May 16, Cynthia rated it liked it Shelves: Having said this, I think some of her other books are more insightful and probes deeper.

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