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 disagree with her on the idea of non-violence not being a principle, but a call. I totally agree that the impact of photography on the viewer takes place in contrast to the viewer’s will! Book titles OR Journal titles.

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I was hoping to find this for a paper, but I have to look elsewhere. Jul 27, Joseph Sverker added it Shelves: Feb 22, Lobstergirl rated it liked it.

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 is an intellectual masterpiece that weds a new understanding of being, immersed in history, to a novel Left politics that focuses on State violence, war and resistance. She is currently a professor in the Rhetoric and Comparative Literature departments at the University of California, Berkeley.

May 16, Cynthia rated it liked it Shelves: Butler analyses the statement that Islam would be homophobic as a religion, but what does that say about the individual Muslim?

These two books should have been one, more carefully developed, collection of essays. So the bombing of these places becomes justifiable.

There are good ideas here, but unfortunately the academic jargon limits the number of readers who will find them accessible. There are also frams and ideas that I found completely incomprehensible. Jun 29, Madeleine rated it really warr it Shelves: The parts that the friend specifically thought would be of interest to me were spot on, though This book was a gift from a dear friend.

Within certain frames some lives are recognized as lives and, as such, grievable eg victims of Assad or victims of a ehen attack in Paris and some are not recognized as lives per se eg hundreds of thousand casualties since the beginning of the Iraq war, thousands of refugees drowned, millions dying from famine. The logics of military security, national interest, and territorial sovereignty, shroud how Western audiences recognize Afghani lives.

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Butler does point out, however, that iis is hesitant to grievablr and arrange different factors of identity such as gender, race, sexuality since they so easily becomes pulled out and separated from each other. Sometimes this makes a book less cohesive, or repetitive.

Butler argues instead that photos can carry a meaning without words. I will also mention a gripe about the book’s awr spacing. Quotes from Frames of War: I am, however, slightly less brilliant than her, and tend to struggle with theory texts.

Sometimes the connection between the individual chapters is a little bit too forced as some of the chapters had been published as articles before. Writing academic scholarship in ways that allow more people to gain access to it is also beneficial when we are talking about economic justice.

Didn’t really make me think about anything I hadn’t already thought about.

Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable?

I am not sure she is interested in changing the world so much as she just wants to explore it philosophically and for the fun of it.

However, Butler critique’s Sontag in the idea that pictures would need text or some sort of context in order to have meaning. Also by Judith Butler. May 01, Cerebralcortext rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sep 20, Lynn rated it it was amazing. Butler argues instead that it is not possible to understand a person from simply one perspective such as religion for example.

Oct 30, Robert Moscalewk rated it it was amazing. 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: This, coupled with the diminishment, though by no means termination, of America’s occupation of Iraq may seem to subdue the importance of Butler’s inquiry: 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.

Judith Butler is an American post-structuralist and feminist philosopher who has contributed to the fields of feminism, queer theory, political philosophy and ethics. In doing so, she calls for a reconceptualization of the left, one united in opposition and resistance to the illegitimate and arbitrary effects of interventionist military action.


Chapter 5 might also come across as abstruse to those either dismissive of or without a grounding in Freudian psychology. Approval of homosexuality being a sign of modernity, a requirement for anyone who wanted wjen join in society.

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Fabulous book so far. Wars attempt to maximize framse for others, while minimize precariousness for the power in question. It seems to me that maybe photos can carry som meaning in and of themselves, but that meaning is very grisvable overridden whenever some information or “facts” are revealed about the photo. 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 argumentative writing.

However, I advise everyone interested in politics, ethics or the representation strateg I think Frames of War is a very important book that is definetely worth engaging with. She touches on how the media manipulates our emotions to reinforce or create our sentiments. Forged from a yrievable between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.

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

I think the frames of war theoretical understanding is important to have during our current political climate and the metoo movement. Only with this latter question can we avoid the anthropocentric and liberal individualist presumptions that have derailed such discussions.

Media representations and political discourse of life put frames into operation by differentiating “the cries we can hear from those we cannot, the sights we can see from those we cannot, and likewise at the level of touch and even smell” According to Judith Butler, each of our lives is ” Taking the framing of cultural antagonism Mar 13, Yvonne rated it really liked it Shelves: