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Revolution rebellion resistance the power of story eric selbin on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers why do revolutions happen decades of social science research have brought us little closer to understanding where. Eric selbin has written an excellent book that challenges social science theories and methodologies in the study of resistance rebellion and revolutions he critiques material and structural theories and calls for the systematic analysis of stories myths memory and mimesis in understanding peoples efforts to change their circumstances. Why do revolutions happen decades of social science research have brought us little closer to understanding where when and among whom they occur in this ground breaking book eric selbin argues that we need to look beyond the economic political and social structural conditions to the thoughts . Ranging from the french revolution to the battle for seattle via russia china cuba vietnam and nicaragua selbin makes the case that it is myth memory and mimesis which create maintain and extend such storiesrevolution rebellion resistance identifies four kinds of enduring revolutionary story civilizing and democratizing the social