Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable?

TitleFrames of War: When Is Life Grievable?
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsButler, Judith
Number of Pages224
CityLondon; New York

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 or the immigrants virtually enslaved by their starvation and legal disenfranchisement -- are always presented to us as already irretrievable and thereby already lost. By analyzing the different frames through which we experience war, Butler calls for a reorientation of the Left. She claims that only by recognizing those lives as precarious lives -- lives that are not yet lost but are in need of protection -- might the Left stand in unity against the violence perpetrated through arbitrary state power.

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