Paper $26.95 ISBN: 9781786990983 Published August 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781786990990 Published August 2017 For sale in North and South America only

Usurping Suicide

The Political Resonances of Individual Deaths

Edited by Suman Gupta, Mike Hajimichael, Milena Katsarska, and Miguel Vicente-Mariño

Usurping Suicide

Edited by Suman Gupta, Mike Hajimichael, Milena Katsarska, and Miguel Vicente-Mariño

Distributed for Zed Books

256 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paper $26.95 ISBN: 9781786990983 Published August 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781786990990 Published August 2017 For sale in North and South America only

How does an individual act of suicide become politically or socially significant? Does it depend upon the original intent, or does the influence of the act depend upon how it is discussed and shaped in the public imagination afterward? To answer these questions, Usurping Suicide takes a unique look at the political and cultural implications of suicides committed in places where, due to social or economic pressures, suicide has become an issue of significant public interest.
 
Looking closely at specific acts of suicide that bore wider political resonance, such as Mohamed Bouazizi’s self-immolation during regime change in Tunisia to Dimitris Christoulas’s public shooting at a time of increased governmental austerity in Greece, this book focuses on the reception these acts have produced rather than the individual motivations. Exploring how a singular act can become endowed with collective significance, Usurping Suicide will be of interest to readers concerned with the intersection of public interests and private actions and the power of media in the framing of these events.
 
 

Review Quotes
Aamir R. Mufti, author of Forget English! Orientalisms and World Literatures
“An original study of those moments when the act of ending one’s own life can acquire public and political significance. The authors bring a fresh approach to an old problem: why individuals can choose to end their lives and what meaning the act can have for those left behind.”
 
Terrence McDonough, coauthor of Contemporary Capitalism and its Crises
“Sometimes the depth of an economic crisis can only be fathomed when suicide, that most personal of acts, accrues political meaning and consequence. The authors bring committed insight to political suicides in our time, from Tunisia to Syntagma Square.”
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