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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Yeah, sounds a little WTF.

Didn’t really make me think about anything I hadn’t already thought about. Politics Philosophy Military History Category: Her most recent work focuses on Jewish philosophy and exploring pre- and post-Zionist criticisms of state violence.

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

As has been highlighted to the point that Butler had to address it in her preface to Gender Troubleher prose is difficult and several passages required extensive rereading, sometimes out lkfe. But the rest of the book was super interesting. Find the perfect book: The parts that the friend specifically thought sar be of interest to me were spot on, though This book was a gift from a dear friend.

I will give her the benefit of the doubt and consider that an incompetent editor or grad student made the slip-up.

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Quotes from Frames of War: You’ll just have to read the whole book, wrestle the beast unless you are very familiar with her overall work and used to the fucking painful language it does, at times, feel a bit like a struggle.


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This portrayal has saturated our understanding of human life, and pf led to the exploitation and abandonment of whole peoples, who are cast as existential threats rather than as living populations in need of protection.

However, in this book Butler actually takes up the issue of racism in chapter 3.

Anyway, on the other hand there is this: The first chapter posits the frame outside Marxist models of ideology and against epistemologically loaded schemes of interpretation. Considering a case in Holland as 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.

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, Butler somehow has the talent of initiating her discussion of certain aspects in a very confusing manner: Butler does point out, however, that she is hesitant to list and arrange different factors of identity such as gender, race, sexuality since they so easily becomes pulled out and separated from each other.

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Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable?

For example, she uses the word alterity at one point when otherness would have made her point much more accessible. I totally agree that the impact of photography on the viewer takes place in contrast to the viewer’s will!

I think that is more what Sontag means when she says that photos need texts in order to be understood. See all books by Judith Butler. It is the project of Butler’s work to demonstrate how these frames differentiate what lives appear more and feames valuable; they secure not only the interpretive schemes through which some lives appear more like human lives than others but also determine what makes the lives at stake distinctly human lives.


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: An ungrievable life is one that cannot be mourned because it has never lived 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 was hoping to find this for a paper, but I have to look elsewhere.

Frakes points out that we are nothing but social creatures that depend completely on each other for everything in our lives. Very well articulated as always, but quite repetitive.

Frames of War

Inspired by Your Browsing History. Chapter 2 was a standout. On the other hand, this seems to be contradicted by Butler’s own careful contextual framing of the photos of torture from the Abu Ghraib. No trivia or quizzes yet. In particular, I loved the chapters where she revisited some of Sontag’s theories on the image, live I read in graduate school and appreciated.