Precarious Life: The Powers of Mourning and Violence

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Verso, 2006 - Political Science - 168 pages
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Judith Butler is one of America's most daring and vibrant thinkers. In this profound appraisal of post-September 11th America, now with a new foreword, Judith Butler considers the conditions of heightened fear and aggression that followed the attack on the Twin Towers, and the US government's decision to attack Afghanistan and Iraq. She critiques this use of violence as a response to loss and grief, and argues that the vulnerability the West now feels offers a chance to imagine a world without violence, a world where the interdependency of peoples and nations becomes the basis for a global political community. Through five impassioned and personal essays, Butler responds to the current US policies to wage perpetual war, and calls for a deeper understanding of how mourning and violence might instead inspire solidarity and a quest for global justice.
  

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Review: Precarious Life: The Powers of Mourning and Violence

User Review  - Ron Nie - Goodreads

Held up nicely to a reread. Chapter 2 is still the standout but wowza this whole thing is pretty great! Read full review

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User Review  - Braden Scott - Goodreads

A wonderful inclusion in the literary realm, combining the detatched jargon of institutional theory with a personalised voice that resonates from within the concerned and inspired scholar that is Butler. Read full review

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Contents

EXPLANATION AND EXONERATION OR WHAT WE CAN HEAR
1
VIOLENCE MOURNING POLITICS
19
INDEFINITE DETENTION
50
THE CHARGE OF ANTISEMITISM JEWS ISRAEL AND THE RISKS OF PUBLIC CRITIQUE
101
PRECARIOUS LIFE
128
NOTES
153
INDEX
163
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Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Departments of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Frames of War, Precarious Life, The Psychic Life of Power, Excitable Speech, Bodies that Matter, Gender Trouble, and with Slavoj Zizek and Ernesto Laclau, Contingency, Hegemony, Universality.

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