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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Preview — Frames of War by Judith Butler. However, mostly in an American context I would think.

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Nevertheless wr interesting, especially if your looking for theory to understand the war on terror and other civilising mission, the framing of religious minorities, like Muslims and how we talk about war and violence. The other ones aren’t really necessary to read if you’ve already read Precarious Life.

Sometimes this makes a book less cohesive, or repetitive.

So she trie 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. She begins by briefly acknowledging that the election of Barack Obama, which greivable after the book’s completion, poses future possibilities we hope ameliorating for which she cannot account.

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”.

Mar 13, Yvonne rated it really liked it Shelves: View all 4 comments. Trivia About Frames of War: Analyzing the different frames through which we experience war, Butler calls for a reorientation of the Left.

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. It is an important and rhetorical book! It is useful in cases of English as a second language, and it is useful when we are talking about people who are brilliant thinkers and organizers but for whatever reason frequently economic have not had the time or money to learn the language systems of academic jargon.


And she means everything.

For this brief review, the most salient part for me was the discussion of representation — which can be a site of oppression and stigmatization — and how this “does” and “undoes” the subject — as well as “re-presents” the or, a certain subject, as well as how it makes some objects; thus, loosing all subjectivity — such as Palestinians and others in the Middle East.

Because this book’s subtitle is: Also, I would recommend this text to philosophers, art historians — really, anyone in the humanities — and, also, anyone willing to engage in the political, human agency, representation, and ethics.

Frames of War

We bring you a selection of highlights: Dense, obviously, but piercingly intelligent and thought-provoking. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. I will give her the benefit of the doubt and consider that an incompetent editor or grad student made the slip-up. It contains five essays inspired by contemporary war; they focus on cultural modes through an eclectic framing of violence. 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 in its scene!

The release of Judith Butler’s most recent work, Frames of War: Politics Philosophy Military History.

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.


I felt it started to unravel towards the end or maybe it was my mind unravelling. It took me more than two years to get through this book. And then I continued reading because you’re dynamite. A critique of war must start with deconstructing these frames. Judith Butler no livro ‘Quadros de Guerra: A discussion of the Abu Ghraib photographs as a locus of the homophobia of the U. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Butler makes the entire idea of killing ludicrous when seen from this point of view.

Fabulous book so far. Sign up here for discounts and quicker purchasing. The shared human condition of precariousness leads not to reciprocal recognition, but to a specific exploitation of targeted populations, of lives that are not quite lives, populations that are ‘lose-able’ or can be forfeited precisely because they are cast as threats to human life as we know it rather than as living populations in need of protection from illegitimate state violence, famine or pandemics.

I totally agree that the impact of photography on the viewer takes place in contrast to the viewer’s will! Read it Forward Read it first. Feb 02, Pages.

In particular, I loved the chapters where she revisited some of Sontag’s theories on the image, which I read in graduate school and appreciated. This is a worthwhile read though! Such lives share their mutual precarity, and Butler seeks out the possibilities for recognizing them as precarious.