“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
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
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.
overall quality of life. I examine country differences in subjective well-being in
chapter 7. Workers are not a homogenous group, of course, and people differ in
the degree to which they have precarious work and the extent to which this is a ...
Author: Arne L. Kalleberg
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Employment relations in advanced, post-industrial democracies have become increasingly insecure and uncertain as the risks associated with work are being shifted from employers and governments to workers. Arne L. Kalleberg examines the impact of the liberalization of labor markets and welfare systems on the growth of precarious work and job insecurity for indicators of well-being such as economic insecurity, the transition to adulthood, family formation, and happiness, in six advanced capitalist democracies: the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Spain, and Denmark. This insightful cross-national analysis demonstrates how active labor market policies and generous social welfare systems can help to protect workers and give employers latitude as they seek to adapt to the rise of national and global competition and the rapidity of sweeping technological changes. Such policies thereby form elements of a new social contract that offers the potential for addressing many of the major challenges resulting from the rise of precarious work.
these fragilized bodies of North African precarious lives is the issue that they
destroy not only the social or political order that keeps them at the periphery but
renders them inoperable by establishing a different use for their lives.
Author: Hervé Tchumkam
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Marginal Bodies and Precarious Lives in North Africa sheds light on marginal bodies and the (post)colonial State, revealing the deep interconnectedness of the past with the recent situation of North Africa. Insecurity is not the consequence of a society perceived as uncivilized, but rather the result of an indecent society.
Indeed, just as our reason demands that we know the truth, our skepticism leads to doubts we can ever really do so. The author guides readers through a contradiction that lies at the very heart of philosophical inquiry.
Author: Robert J. Fogelin
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
Humans are both supremely rational and deeply superstitious, capable of believing just about anything and of questioning just about everything. Indeed, just as our reason demands that we know the truth, our skepticism leads to doubts we can ever really do so. The author guides readers through a contradiction that lies at the very heart of philosophical inquiry.
In this book Alan Frost has blended Matra's extensive and colourful correspondence with a biographical narrative to reveal for the first time the life and influence of this mysterious figure.
Author: Alan Frost
Publisher: Melbourne University Press
In August 1768 James Mario Matra, the 22-year-old son of an American loyalist, sailed with Captain Cook to unknown parts of the world. The voyage, fraught with danger and uncertainty, marked the beginning of what was to be, in many ways, a precarious life. On the Endeavour's return in 1771, Matra anonymously published the first major account of Cook's voyage. He never saw New Holland again, but his significant role in the history of the settlement of Australia was not yet ended. When the American War of Independence deprived Matra of his family inheritance, the Endeavour's celebrated naturalist, Sir Joseph Banks, helped get Matra employment as an official in various foreign outposts. In this capacity he turned his mind to ways of promoting Britain's global commercial network. Having personally felt the loss of one British colony, he conceived a plan to found another. In 1783 he proposed a British settlement in new South Wales to 'atone for the loss of our American colonies'. The settlement would give asylum to dispossessed American loyalists and would be built on the labour of young convicts. Matra offered to be its 'Conductor and Governor'. The Pitt administration concurred with Matra's proposal but declined to offer him the government of the intended colony. Instead he was given the post of Consul at Tangier, where he remained until his death in 1806. In this book Alan Frost has blended Matra's extensive and colourful correspondence with a biographical narrative to reveal for the first time the life and influence of this mysterious figure.
Self - exploitation happens in the regime of precarious life and labour when
someone tries to anticipate and explore the future through its dissemination into
the present and to intensify their own efforts to ensure that they remain
competitive in ...
Author: Dimitris Papadopoulos
Publisher: Pluto Press (UK)
Shows how we can resist increasingly advanced methods of state control by refusing to conform to accepted behavioural norms.
This book examines five contemporary feature films that engage our deep attachments to two core political ideas freedom and vengeance asking: what do audiences learn about freedom and vengeance from film, and what are the political ...
Author: Robert E. Watkins
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Films both reflect and construct social reality, especially in the way they employ, affirm and critique the discourses through which we grasp political life. This book examines five contemporary feature films that engage our deep attachments to two core political ideas freedom and vengeance asking: what do audiences learn about freedom and vengeance from film, and what are the political consequences of the reproduction or disruption of their meanings? Often, contemporary films represent the pursuit of freedom and revenge in a depoliticized way, erasing the precarious character of social life. Other films, however, foreground the negotiation of unchosen relations and circumstances in their drama. Films examined include Into the Wild, Mystic River, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, Wendy and Lucy and Winter s Bone."
The Precarious Lives of Syrians reveals the vulnerability and insecurity that Syrian refugees confront in Turkey, including their socio-legal status, living conditions, and mobility.
Author: Feyzi Baban
The Precarious Lives of Syrians reveals the vulnerability and insecurity that Syrian refugees confront in Turkey, including their socio-legal status, living conditions, and mobility. Drawing on legal and scholarly materials, as well as extensive field research, it provides a thoughtful and compelling appraisal of the experience of migration.