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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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Five essays by Butler (rhetoric and comparative literature, U. of California-Berkeley) respond to the conditions of heightened vulnerability and aggression that followed the events of September 11, 2001. They reflect on explanation and exoneration; violence, mourning, and politics; indefinite detention; charges of anti-semitism; and a non-violent ethics based on an understanding of how easily human life is annulled. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Judith Butler responds to the current US policies to wage perpetual war and calls for deeper understanding.

Synopsis:

In her most impassioned and personal book to date, Judith Butler responds in this profound appraisal of post-9/11 America 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.

About the Author

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 Žižek and Ernesto Laclau, Contingency, Hegemony, Universality.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781844675449
Author:
Butler, Judith P.
Publisher:
Verso
Author:
Butler, Judith
Subject:
General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Violence
Subject:
Nationalism
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - General
Subject:
Politics-Political Science
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
August 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
168
Dimensions:
7.72x5.06x.52 in. .44 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Judith Butler responds to the current US policies to wage perpetual war and calls for deeper understanding.
"Synopsis" by , In her most impassioned and personal book to date, Judith Butler responds in this profound appraisal of post-9/11 America 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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