Tibet on Fire

Buddhism, Protest, and the Rhetoric of Self-Immolation

  • Authors
  • John Whalen-Bridge

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. John Whalen-Bridge
    Pages 1-15
  3. John Whalen-Bridge
    Pages 59-80
  4. John Whalen-Bridge
    Pages 81-121
  5. John Whalen-Bridge
    Pages 137-150
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 151-216

About this book


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.


Tibetan Self-immolation Engaged Buddhism Dramatism Rhetoric Kenneth Burke Performance of Protest Tibetan Buddhism Irreversible speech Angry monk syndrome Buddhism China democracy Free Speech globalization identity Image media Nation New Media politics press Protest Protests religion

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