Precarious Life: The Power of Mourning and Violence

Precarious Life: The Power of Mourning and Violence


By (author) Judith Butler

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  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Format: Paperback | 168 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 196mm x 14mm | 322g
  • Publication date: 17 August 2006
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1844675440
  • ISBN 13: 9781844675449
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 30,396

Product description

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 deeper understanding of how mourning and violence might instead inspire solidarity and a quest for social justice.

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Author information

Judith Butler is Professor of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of many books, including Antigone's Claim, The Psychic Life of Power, Excitable Speech, Bodies That Matter and Gender Trouble.

Review quote

"If we are interested in arresting cycles of violence to produce less violent outcomes, it is no doubt important to ask what, politically, might be made of grief besides a cry for war." -- Judith Butler "If Precarious Life represents a departure from the subject of gender, it's clear that its author is still interested in stirring up trouble -- academic, political and otherwise." -- Bookforum "A book that shines with the splendor of engaged thought." - Brooklyn Rail "One of Butler's most topical and accessible books." -- Women's Review of Books "Hers is a unique voice f courage and conceptual ambition that addresses public life from the perspective of psychic reality, encouraging us to acknowledge the solidarity and the suffering through which we emerge as subjects of freedom." - Homi K. Bhabha