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Precarious Life The Powers of Mourning and Violence

ISBN-10: 1844675440
ISBN-13: 9781844675449
Edition: 2006
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Description: "A book that shines with the splendor of engaged thought."The Brooklyn Rail 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 8/17/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 168
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484

"A book that shines with the splendor of engaged thought."The Brooklyn Rail 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.

Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Departments of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature and the Co-director of the Program of Critical Theory at the University of California, Berkeley. She is presently the recipient of the Andrew Mellon Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement in the Humanities.

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