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Precarious Life: The Power of Mourning and Violence Hardcover – 21 Apr 2004

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Verso Books (21 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844670058
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844670055
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 0.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,526,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Indispensable for feminist theory" Hypatia, on Gender Trouble (1989); "Butler has written a most significant and provocative work that addresses issues of immediate social concern." The Boston Book Review, on Bodies that Matter (1993)"


Written after September 11, 2001, in response to the conditions of heightened vulnerability and aggression that have prevailed since then, Judith Butler critiques the use of violence and argues for a response in which violence might be minimized, and interdependency becomes acknowledged as the basis for global political community. Following the expressions of public mourning post-September 11, Butler asks why it's acceptable, even necessary to grieve some lives, while others are not valued or are even incomprehensible as lives at all. Questions of sovereignty, patriotism and censorship are all examined, especially in light of the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. Finally she investigates the way in which any criticism of the Israeli state is automatically labelled anti-semitic, thus rendering all criticism of Israel a political taboo in the US and the UK. She counters that we have a responsibility to speak out against both Israeli injustices and anti-semitism, and argues against the rhetorical use of the charge of anti-semitism to quell public debate.

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