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Tibet on Fire

Buddhism, Protest, and the Rhetoric of Self-Immolation

Authors: Whalen-Bridge, John

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Using Kenneth Burke's concept of dramatism as a way of exploring multiple motivations in symbolic expression, Tibet on Fire examines the Tibetan self-immolation movement of 2011-2015. The volume asserts that the self-immolation act is an affirmation of Tibetan identity in the face of cultural genocide.

About the authors

John Whalen-Bridge is Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at National University of Singapore

Reviews

“Aside from its particular focus on performances and rhetoric–which may interest those already familiar with the self-immolations–Tibet on Fire also serves as a general introduction to the Tibetan self-immolation phenomenon, and provides comprehensive, introductory-level background on Tiber-China history, Tibetan Buddhism, and international politics vis-à-vis the Tibet-China conflict. Tibet on Fire may thus also be of interest to those seeking a general introduction to the self-immolations themselves as well as the Tibet-China conflict in general.” (Benjamin Wood, Journal of Global Buddhism, Vol. 17, 2016)


'John Whalen-Bridge bravely sets out to answer hard questions: How are we to understand self-immolation? Are there historical and philosophical roots? Is suicide a Buddhist tradition? Is self-immolation politically effective? This spiritually profound book is vital reading in desperate times.' - Maxine Hong Kingston, Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, USA

'Tibet on Fire offers a penetrating and persuasive analysis of a compelling and troubling Buddhist cultural practice. Why have scores of Tibetan monks and other social activists been choosing self-immolation? What are the cultural, political, and religious meanings of such an act? How can we with confidence interpret bodily deployments such as these ones that express themselves without words? John Whalen-Bridge's nuanced and moving interpretation not only explains a little studied but extremely significant transnational practice, but it offers a method of interpretation that is perfectly applicable to understanding every political act.' - Jack Selzer, Penn State University, USA

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Tibetan Situation

    Whalen-Bridge, John

    Pages 1-15

  • Before Self-Immolation: Tibetan Monks on the World Stage, Circa 2008

    Whalen-Bridge, John

    Pages 17-36

  • Self-Immolation as Irreversible Speech: The Cost of Expressing Tibetan Aspirations

    Whalen-Bridge, John

    Pages 37-58

  • Making a Scene: Actor, Time, and Place

    Whalen-Bridge, John

    Pages 59-80

  • Purpose: Politics, Buddhism, and Tibetan Survival

    Whalen-Bridge, John

    Pages 81-121

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eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-37035-8
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-37373-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Tibet on Fire
Book Subtitle
Buddhism, Protest, and the Rhetoric of Self-Immolation
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
John Whalen-Bridge
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-37035-8
DOI
10.1057/9781137370358
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-37373-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 216
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