Responsibility and Terror: Visual Culture and Violence in the Precarious Life



In Precarious Life: The Powers of Mourning and Violence, Judith Butler argues that 9/11 produced a “dislocation” of “First World privilege” for citizens of the United States. Watching the events of 9/11, the “secure” in the first world were exposed to a feeling of vulnerability that is usually experienced in “failed states” and “disaster zones.” For Butler, this dislocation of first world privilege does not have to result in acts of violent protection or retaliation:


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