“Precarious Life” approaches the question of a non-violent ethics, one that is
based upon an understanding of how easily human life is annulled. Emmanuel
Levinas offers a conception of ethics that rests upon an apprehension of the ...
Author: Judith Butler
Publisher: Verso Books
Category: Political Science
In this profound appraisal of post-September 11, 2001 America, Judith Butler considers the conditions of heightened vulnerability and aggression that followed from the attack on the US, and US retaliation. Judith Butler critiques the use of violence that has emerged as a response to loss, and argues that the dislocation of first-world privilege offers instead a chance to imagine a world in which that violence might be minimized and in which interdependency becomes acknowledged as the basis for a global political community. Butler considers the means by which some lives become grief-worthy, while others are perceived as undeserving of grief or even incomprehensible as lives. She discusses the political implications of sovereignty in light of the prisoners in Guantanamo Bay. She argues against the anti-intellectual current of contemporary US patriotism and the power of censorship during times of war. Finally, she takes on the question of when and why anti-semitism is leveled as a charge against those who voice criticisms of the Israeli state. 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. In her most impassioned and personal book to date, Judith 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 form global justice.
Gradually, I saw how the precarious lives of undocumented migrants in Europe
resemble the social vulnerabilities Iranian youth are struggling with. In Chapter 2,
I write about the condition of “waiting,” and how keeping people waiting and ...
Author: Shahram Khosravi
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Category: Social Science
In Precarious Lives, Shahram Khosravi attempts to reconcile the paradoxes of Iranians' everyday life in the first decade of the twenty-first century. On the one hand, multiple circumstances of precarity give rise to a sense of hopelessness, shared visions of a futureless tomorrow, widespread home(land)lessness, intense individualism, and a growth of incivilities. On the other, daydreaming and hope, as well as civility and solidarity in political protests, street carnivals, and social movements, continue to persist. Young Iranians describe themselves as being stuck in purposelessness and forced to endure endless waiting, and they are also aware that they are perceived as unproductive and a burden on their society. Despite the aspirations and inspiration they possess, they find themselves forced into petrifying social and spatial immobility. Uncertainty in the present, a seemingly futureless tomorrow: these are the circumstances that Khosravi explores in Precarious Lives. Creating an intricate and moving portrait of contemporary Iranian life, Khosravi weaves together individual stories, government reports, statistics, and cultural analysis of art and literature to depict how Iranians react to the experience of precarity and the possibility of hope. Drawing on extensive ethnographic engagement with youth in Tehran and Isfahan as well as with migrant workers in rural areas, Khosravi examines the complexities and contradictions of everyday life in Iran. Precarious Lives is a vital work of contemporary anthropology that serves as a testament to the shared hardship and hope of the Iranian people.
Migrants caught in the hyper-precarity trap How should we conceptualise the root
causes of the unfreedoms underpinning our interviewees' labour and life
experiences? What our empirical research on the working lives of asylum
seekers and ...
Author: Lewis, Hannah
Publisher: Policy Press
Category: Social Science
This ground breaking book presents the first evidence of forced labour among displaced migrants who seek refuge in the UK. Through a critical engagement with contemporary debates about precarity, unfreedom and socio-legal status, the book explores how asylum and forced labour are linked, and enmeshed in a broader picture of modern slavery produced through globalised working conditions. Drawing on original evidence generated in fieldwork with refugees and asylum seekers, this is important reading for students and academics in social policy, social geography, sociology, politics, refugee, labour and migration studies, and policy makers and practitioners working to support migrants and tackle forced labour.
Free black people were also drawn to this precarious experiment in liberty, and
some Indians, most frequently referred to as Choctaws, remained as well.211
The Prospect Bluff maroons could count on a number of assets that weren't
Author: A. A. Morgan
Publisher: A. A. Morgan
For a century and a half, late in the American slavery era, some of the men, women, and children who fled captivity found refuge in Florida. Some received sanctuary from the Spanish colonial government, while others joined the Seminoles in the peninsula’s interior. Members of both groups built thriving communities and gained a reputation as formidable warriors. But they came increasingly under threat from pro-slavery interests in a newly independent United States eager to extend its reach in the Americas. Of those who survived the ensuing wars, raids, and repeated forced displacements, most eventually left Florida, either for the Caribbean or for the US west and Mexico. Their experience was part of a broader history of maroons (long-term escapees from slavery) in the Americas. This book reviews some highlights of that history, and then focuses on the Florida leg of a long journey to freedom that has become an enduring part of the American legacy.
Author: Fabio Stoch
... judgement, we should not be implacable judges ourselves (140). 53 J. Butler,
Precarious Life: The Powers of Mourning and Violence (London, 2004), xii. 54
Butler, Precarious Life, 20. 55 Butler, Precarious Life, 20. 56 Butler, Precarious
Author: Michael Banner
Publisher: OUP Oxford
The moments in Christ's human life noted in the creeds (his conception, birth, suffering, death, and burial) are events which would likely appear in a syllabus for a course in social anthropology, for they are of special interest and concern in human life, and also sites of contention and controversy, where what it is to be human is discovered, constructed, and contested. In other words, these are the occasions for profound and continuing questioning regarding the meaning of human life, as controversies to do with IVF, abortion, euthanasia, and the use of bodies or body parts post mortem plainly indicate. Thus the following questions arise, how do the instances in Christ's life represent human life, and how do these representations relate to present day cultural norms, expectations, and newly emerging modes of relationship, themselves shaping and framing human life? How does the Christian imagination of human life, which dwells on and draws from the life of Christ, not only articulate its own, but also come into conversation with and engage other moral imaginaries of the human? Michael Banner argues that consideration of these questions requires study of moral theology, therefore, he reconceives its nature and tasks, and in particular, its engagement with social anthropology. Drawing from social anthropology and Christian thought and practice from many periods, and influenced especially by his engagement in public policy matters including as a member of the UK's Human Tissue Authority, Banner aims to develop the outlines of an everyday ethics, stretching from before the cradle to after the grave.
15. Precarious. lives. in. the. new. economy. Comparative. intersectional. analysis
. Wallace Clement, Sophie Mathieu, ... and intersectional perspectives and
suggest enriching the concept of precarious employment with precarious lives.
Author: Leah F. Vosko
Category: Business & Economics
Precarious employment presents a€ challenge to the social, economic, and political stability of labour markets in industrialized societies and there is widespread consensus that its growth is contributing to a series of common social inequalities, especially along the lines of gender and citizenship. This collection aims to yield new ways of understanding the forces driving labour market insecurity.
lives. and. ungrievable. deaths. Moya. Lloyd. For a long time now I have been
interested in what I see to be a particular ... I am interested in the ethics that Butler
has begun to develop in writings such as Precarious Life, which will be my main ...
Author: Terrell Carver
Judith Butler has been arguably the most important gender theorist of the past twenty years. This edited volume draws leading international political theorists into dialogue with her political theory. Each chapter is written by an acclaimed political theorist and concentrates on a particular aspect of Butler's work. The book is divided into five sections which reflect the interdisciplinary nature of Butler's work and activism: Butler and Philosophy: explores Butler’s unique relationship to the discipline of philosophy, considering her work in light of its philosophical contributions Butler and Subjectivity: covers the vexed question of subjectivity with which Butler has engaged throughout her published history Butler and Gender: considers the most problematic area, gender, taken by many to be primary to Butler’s work Butler and Democracy: engages with Butler’s significant contribution to the literature of radical democracy and to the central political issues faced by our post-cold war Butler and Action: focuses directly on the question of political agency and political action in Butler’s work. Along with its companion volume, Judith Butler and Political Theory, it marks an intellectual event for political theory, with major implications for feminism, women’s studies, gender studies, cultural studies, lesbian and gay studies, queer theory and anyone with a critical interest in contemporary American ‘great power’ politics.
21; and Precarious Life, p. 26. 30. Undoing Gender, p. 20. 31. Psychic Life of
Power, p. 11. 32. Undoing Gender, p. 42. 33. Gender Trouble, p. xx. 34.
Precarious Life, p. 34. 35. Undoing Gender, p. 13. 36. Frames of War, p. 3. 37.
Precarious Life ...
Author: Jon Simons
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
In these 15 taster essays you will discover the key concepts and critical approaches of the theorists who have had the most significant impact on the humanities since 1990.
An impoverished life may indeed lead to a precarious life, but a precarious life
does not entail the “animalization” of the human being. It is morally
condescending and factually wrong to claim that oppressed communities cannot
Author: David Kishik
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Giorgio Agamben's work develops a new philosophy of life. On its horizon lies the conviction that our form of life can become the guiding and unifying power of the politics to come. Informed by this promise, The Power of Life weaves decisive moments and neglected aspects of Agamben's writings over the past four decades together with the thought of those who influenced him most (including Kafka, Heidegger, Benjamin, Arendt, Deleuze, and Foucault). In addition, the book positions his work in relation to key figures from the history of philosophy (such as Plato, Spinoza, Vico, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, and Derrida). This approach enables Kishik to offer a vision that ventures beyond Agamben's warning against the power over (bare) life in order to articulate the power of (our form of) life and thus to rethink the biopolitical situation. Following Agamben's prediction that the concept of life will stand at the center of the coming philosophy, Kishik points to some of the most promising directions that this philosophy can take.
Georg Zipp Life on the Streets: Parallactic Ways of Seeing Homelessness in John
Berger's King: A Street Story (1999) 1 Homelessness as Precarious Life The task
of the humanities is, according to Judith Butler, “to return us to the human ...
Author: Barbara Korte
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
Category: Literary Criticism
Poverty and precarity have gained a new societal and political presence in the twenty-first century's advanced economies. This is reflected in cultural production, which this book discusses for a wide range of media and genres from the novel to reality television. With a focus on Britain, its chapters divide their attention between current representations of poverty and important earlier narratives that have retained significant relevance today. The book's contributions discuss the representation of social suffering with attention to agencies of enunciation, ethical implications of 'voice' and 'listening', limits of narratability, the pitfalls of sensationalism, voyeurism and sentimentalism, potentials and restrictions inherent in specific representational techniques, modes and genres; cultural markets for poverty and precarity. Overall, the book suggests that analysis of poverty narratives requires an intersection of theoretical reflection and a close reading of texts.
KATHERINE BRASCH It is not easy to live an undocumented life. Just ask
Renato the construction worker or Carolina the house cleaner. These are two
Brazilians living in Toronto who have faced challenges because of their
precarious status, ...
Author: Luin Goldring
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Category: Social Science
Most examinations of non-citizens in Canada focus on immigrants, people who are citizens-in-waiting, or specific categories of temporary, vulnerable workers. In contrast, Producing and Negotiating Non-Citizenship considers a range of people whose pathway to citizenship is uncertain or non-existent. This includes migrant workers, students, refugee claimants, and people with expired permits, all of whom have limited formal rights to employment, housing, education, and health services. The contributors to this volume present theoretically informed empirical studies of the regulatory, institutional, discursive, and practical terms under which precarious-status non-citizens - those without permanent residence - enter and remain in Canada. They consider the historical and contemporary production of non-citizen precarious status and migrant illegality in Canada, as well as everyday experiences of precarious status among various social groups including youth, denied refugee claimants, and agricultural workers. This timely volume contributes to conceptualizing multiple forms of precarious status non-citizenship as connected through policy and the practices of migrants and the institutional actors they encounter.
Butler, Precarious Life, 2003, p. 67. 39. Agamben, State of Exception, 2005, pp.
87–8. 40. UN, E/CN4/2006/120, 2006, p. 12. 41. Ibid. 42. The UN report on the
situation of detainees in Guantánamo points out that the United States
Author: Nick Vaughan-Williams
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Category: Political Science
Presents a distinctive theoretical approach to the problem of borders in the study of International Relations. It turns from the current debate regarding the presence or absence of borders to consider the fundamental change that is occurring in the concep
I always think you are called by themselves . They are a hardy , laborwell , ” said
he , “ and that I shall see you again , ious , and somewhat knavish race , who
lead a which heaven , I hope , will grant . " precarious life , fishing and digging
Author: Washington Irving
A prominent geochemist, for example, has urged us to understand the earth itself
as a living entity and life as ... terms such as “non-organic life,” “bare life,” and “
precarious life” to denote ontological dimensions of vitality What we that exceed,
Author: Robert Mitchell
Publisher: JHU Press
Category: Literary Criticism
If the objective of the Romantic movement was nothing less than to redefine the meaning of life itself, what role did experiments play in this movement? While earlier scholarship has established both the importance of science generally and vitalism specifically, with regard to Romanticism no study has investigated what it meant for artists to experiment and how those experiments related to their interest in the concept of life. Experimental Life draws on approaches and ideas from contemporary science studies, proposing the concept of experimental vitalism to show both how Romantic authors appropriated the concept of experimentation from the sciences and the impact of their appropriation on post-Romantic concepts of literature and art. Robert Mitchell navigates complex conceptual arenas such as network theory, gift exchange, paranoia, and biomedia and introduces new concepts, such as cryptogamia, chylopoietic discourse, trance-plantation, and the poetics of suspension. As a result, Experimental Life is a wide-ranging summation and extension of the current state of literary studies, the history of science, cultural critique, and theory.
Norman Peterson had found a dilapidated two-room building to hold his
precarious life. Upstairs he slept on a cot and made his strange metal sculptures;
the dark downstairs room was the kitchen. When you got to know him, you felt
that those ...
Author: Dorothy Gallagher
Publisher: Random House
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Here are two acclaimed memoirs in one remarkable volume. In an extraordinarily compelling voice, Dorothy Gallagher tells stories taking us from her parents’ beginnings in the Ukraine to her own childhood in 1940s New York, through the many adventures of her extended family and into her own adult life. Her themes are universal: the fragility of friendship, the power of love, the marital crisis brought on by chronic illness, the role of dumb luck at the heart of life–Gallagher dramatizes her stories with acute insight, strong feeling, and edgy wit. From the Trade Paperback edition.
In this precarious life of ours, it can be difficult at best in the areas of sustain-
ability, survival, and striving with better efforts in life, making great attempts to live
comfortably. I am sure there are many throughout the land who can attest that
Author: Lawrence Williams
Publisher: Dorrance Publishing
He was still a mere boy — or rather , had just arrived at that age where boyhood
ceases and manhood begins . - He had led a precarious life . The kindness of
madame de Warens was all in which he could put his trust ; and that had failed
Category: Authors, French
Glimpses of Animal Life from the Amœba to the Insects Arabella Burton Buckley.
others as active ... 54 ) , which has a well - developed head , with eyes , tentacles
, and sharp jaws , leads a much more active and precarious life . It hides under ...
Author: Arabella Burton Buckley
His wife and children are well and happy , and his life is full of contentment . ...
Now why is it that so many young men prefer the precarious life of a salaried
clerk , book - keeper , or salesman , shut in - doors all day and every day , from ...
Author: Helen Garnie Warner