Revolution, Rebellion, Resistance The Power of Story

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  • Copyright: 1/15/2010
  • Publisher: Zed Books
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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 groundbreaking book, Eric Selbin argues that we need to look beyond the economic, political and social structural conditions to the thoughts and feelings of the people who make revolutions. In particular, he argues, we need to understand the stories people relay and rework of past injustices and struggles as they struggle in the present towards a better future. 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 stories. Revolution, Rebellion, Resistanceidentifies four kinds of enduring revolutionary story -- Civilizing and Democratizing, The Social Revolution, Freedom and Liberation and The Lost and Forgotten -- which do more than report on events, they catalyse changing the world.

Author Biography

Eric Selbin is Professor and Chair of Political Science at Southwestern University and a University Scholar. 

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
A prolegomenon, an apologia, and an overturep. 1
The case for stories: stories and social changep. 23
Myth, memory, mimesisp. 48
'The uprising of the anecdotes': four stories of revolutionp. 74
The story of civilizing and democratizing revolutionsp. 96
The story of social revolutionp. 115
The freedom and liberation story of revolutionp. 141
Revolutions of the lost and forgotten: stories we don't know and won't tellp. 161
Stories of resistance, rebellion, and revolution unfoldp. 184
Notesp. 195
Referencesp. 220
Indexp. 249
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