The Buddhist political rhetoric of Aung San Suu Kyi

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Title The Buddhist political rhetoric of Aung San Suu Kyi
Author McCarthy, Stephen Neil
Journal Name Contemporary Buddhism
Year Published 2004
Place of publication Oxfordshire, UK
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Abstract This paper traces the development of the political rhetoric of Aung San Suu Kyi in order that her message of democratic transition in Burma could become consonant with traditional Buddhist beliefs. Understanding the modern usage by the Burmese political elite (both the National League for Democracy [NLD] and the State Peace and Development Council [SPDC] of Buddhism in their political rhetoric requires an examination into the traditional endoxa or the common opinions of the people on Buddhism. The paper finds that Suu Kyi's rhetoric developed as a product of her own incarceration by the military rulers. In contrast to her father, she has infused her political message with her own brand of socially engaged Buddhism, or active Metta, that has successfully resonated among the people, forcing the generals to respond with their own variety of piety.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1463994042000291556
Volume 5
Issue Number 2
Page from 67
Page to 81
ISSN 1463-9947
Date Accessioned 2007-07-12
Date Available 2009-08-25T03:45:31Z
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject PRE2009-Comparative Government and Politics
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/25269
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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