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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Feb 23, Pages. This portrayal has saturated our understanding of human life, and has led to the exploitation and abandonment of whole peoples, who are cast as existential threats rather than as living populations in need of protection.


These people are framed as already lost, to imprisonment, unemployment and starvation, and can easily be dismissed. This book discerns the resistance to the frames of war in the context of the images from Abu Ghraib, the poetry from Guantanamo, recent European policy on immigration and Islam, and debates on normativity and non-violence.

Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable?

In this urgent response to ever more dominant methods of coercion, violence and racism, Butler calls for a re-conceptualization of the Left, one that brokers cultural difference and cultivates resistance to the illegitimate and arbitrary effects of state violence and its vicissitudes.

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. When Is Life Grievable? Politics Philosophy Military Oof Category: Politics Philosophy Military History. Also in Radical Thinkers.

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

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