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Human Rights Day 2016 - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 30 November 2016

On 10th December, people around the world will come together to observe Human Rights Day. At Cambridge Scholars we are pleased to support this important annual event, as continued respect for human rights is a growing concern in the globalised modern world.


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Human Rights Day is observed on 10th December every year. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year, Human Rights Day calls on everyone to stand up for someone's rights! Many of us are fearful about the way the world is heading. Disrespect for basic human rights continues to be wide-spread in all parts of the globe. Extremist movements subject people to horrific violence. Messages of intolerance and hatred prey on our fears. Humane values are under attack. We must reaffirm our common humanity. Wherever we are, we can make a real difference: in the street, in school, at work, in public transport, in the voting booth, on social media.


To mark Human Rights Day, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on four of our most relevant titles. To find out more about each title, click on the image.

Images and Human Rights explores issues of creation, distribution, and control of images through official and unofficial sources, asking what impact that has had on human rights and what the ethical implications are. The volume includes research from healthcare advocates, human rights scholars and activists, photographers, and visual anthropologists who see a need for more careful contextual interpretation of images in global and local settings. It represents diverse forms of scholarship and the ever-changing field of research methodologies, and it examines how human rights issues take advantage of visual methodologies and how the visual works to communicate these issues with the public. As such, this collection will be useful for researchers studying in the fields of visual culture and human rights.

The 1980s saw one of the largest social movements in US history, as activists fought to change the Reagan Administration’s policy of supporting right-ring terror and oligarchy in Central America. Despite the size and diversity of the movement, however, it remains understudied. Fight and Flight examines the campaigns of three US NGOs, namely Amnesty International USA, the National Lawyers Guild, and the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador. By analysing the ways in which the NGOs ameliorated the effects of human rights violations in Central America, primarily through their refugee assistance programs, this research demonstrates that the movement was more effective than is generally reflected in the existing literature. Of particular interest for academic students of human rights and social movements, as well as activists interested in strategies of social change, this book offers a nuanced reading of a critical movement for human rights and international justice.

The primary concern of Private Military and Security Companies is the application of International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law in addressing the business conduct of Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCs) during armed conflicts, as well as state responsibility for human rights violations and current attempts at international regulation. The book discusses four interconnected themes. First, it differentiates private contractors from mercenaries, presenting an historical overview of private violence. Second, it situates PMSCs’ employees under the legal status of civilian or combatant. It then investigates the existing law on state responsibility and what sort of responsibility companies and their employees can face. Finally, the book explores current developments on regulation within the industry, on national, regional and international levels.

Repressive regimes, regardless of their nature and geographic location, have a destructive and dehumanizing effect on people’s lives. Oppression and political violence shatter victims’ identities, their relationships, communities and the meaning of their world as a safe and coherent place. However, while some people suffer traumatising long term effects, others become stronger and more resilient, able to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of tragedy. Reconstructing Trauma and Meaning is an invitation to revisit, bear witness and listen to the stories of suffering and healing of survivors of apartheid repression in South Africa. This work is an exploration of the life trajectories of former victims of gross human rights violations during apartheid and their creative ways of reconstructing meaning after trauma. Their life narratives, shaped by social, political and cultural realities, are a valuable contribution to the collective memory of the nation, as an intrinsic part of the continuous process of reconciliation and transformation in South Africa.


To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code HUMAN16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 3rd January 2017.


To find out more about Human Rights Day, please click here.


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Book of the Month - December 2016 30 November 2016

Our December Book of the Month is Timeless Experience: Laura Perls's Unpublished Notebooks and Literary Texts 1946-1985, edited by Nancy Amendt-Lyon.

For years, psychotherapists have known that Laura Perls was actively involved in the development of what today is known as Gestalt therapy. Her professional publications are succinct and appreciated, but they are not numerous. The present volume, comprising Laura Perls’s heretofore unpublished writing, including journal entries, letters, poems, translations, short stories, and drafts for lectures and publications, offers a very personal perspective on one of the founders of Gestalt therapy. The extensive interview that Daniel Rosenblatt conducted with Laura Perls in 1972, published here for the first time in English, complements her literary texts, and provides valuable background information. The rich cultural background from which Laura Perls benefited and the authors whose works inspired her resonate in her literary texts, a treasure chest of personal reflections during the decades of her life from 1946 to 1985. In addition, a general overview of her life is provided, her theoretical and practical contributions to the origins and development of Gestalt therapy are described, and her legacy to the field of Gestalt therapy is elucidated.


To find out more, please click here to read a sample extract and contents page. 

We are offering all of our readers a generous 60% discount on this best-selling title. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMDEC16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 3rd January 2017.

Please see below for highlights of the praise this book has been receiving:


How moving it is to enter Laura Perls’s intimate world and discover her essays, short stories, thoughts, poetry! And what a gift from her editor to give us such a precise and detailed context to Laura’s writings. This book is a treasure: we learn more about the history, theory and practice of Gestalt therapy, and its essence and aesthetics are revealed more brightly.”

—Jean-Marie Robine; Institut Français de Gestalt-thérapie


“Laura Perls’s published writings reflected her psychotherapeutic work, but never—until now—the colors of the rainbow that was Laura, the person. This book is a parting of the clouds that illuminates a hidden land of her creativity, artistic depth, humanity, thoughtfulness, kindness, vulnerability, and mischievousness. Those of us trained by her will find in her emerging personhood support for what we learned from her. Those who want to know more about the history of Gestalt therapy will find documents that anchor our history in the life of a brilliant founder—intellect, artist, friend, and mother. Nancy Amendt-Lyon has done us all a great service.”

—Dan Bloom; Past President of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy


I found this book—devoted to understanding and elucidating the diaries of Laura Perls—fascinating. Amendt-Lyon has taken a lifetime of Laura’s writings—many personal and previously unpublished—and woven them into a wider narrative that encapsulates the therapeutic and cultural environment in which Laura lived. Consequently, we get to know Laura, not only as a creative, talented, and respectful therapist and theoretician, but also as a vulnerable, passionate, and multidimensional woman ahead of her times. It is a must-read, not only for Gestaltists, but for anyone who might enjoy a captivating biography.”

—Joseph Melnick; Founding Editor of the Gestalt Review; Co-Chair of the Cape Cod Training Program, GISC


“Timeless Experience: Laura Perls’s Unpublished Notebooks and Literary Texts, 1946–1985 is a tour de force, giving the reader a comprehensive look into a woman of extraordinary depth, courage and expertise, and who offered unique contributions to the field of psychotherapy. Professionals in the world of therapy—particularly Gestalt therapy—know well of Laura’s expert contributions (working individually in a group setting, emphasizing personal support and contact, highlighting differences between wanting and needing, etc.). Much less is known about her personal history: fleeing from the Nazis, her creativity both in writing poetry and prose, playing music, dance, her personal struggles with anxiety, health issues, intimate relationships, Judaism, or her political fervor. Nancy Amendt-Lyon has done a masterful job of bringing Laura Perls to life by revealing the more delicate aspects of her world, her musings, her unpolished thoughts, and her compassion for others. Bravo!”

—Rita F. Resnick, PhD; Faculty Chair, Gestalt Associates Training Los Angeles


Here is a story of commitment between three women, starting with a daughter’s dream and ending in a precious book on the founder of Gestalt therapy, Laura Perls. A talented Gestalt therapist and eloquent writer herself, Amendt-Lyon’s editing and annotations allow the beauty of her former teacher’s ability as both clinician and author to explode with color and three-dimensionality. This book is a must! This is not only the transcription of Laura’s notebooks; it is a comprehensive, vibrant narrative of her theoretical, clinical, and aesthetic legacy, a whole that well describes the everlasting implicit value of Gestalt therapy.”

—Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb; Istituto di Gestalt HCC Italy


“Passed on to us from Laura Perls’s own daughter, Renate, we are invited to have intimate insights into Laura’s legacy, her captivating account of the beginnings of Gestalt therapy, her work as a therapist, writer, and poet. Credit must be given to Nancy Amendt-Lyon for her tremendous effort to bring this into an easily accessible form, a source of inspiration for generations of Gestalt therapists to come.”

—Beatrix Wimmer; President-Elect of the European Association for Gestalt Therapy; Vice-President of the Austrian Association for Gestalt Therapy


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Featured Review: Jamaican Speech Forms in Ethiopia 30 November 2016

At Cambridge Scholars, we are very proud that many of our authors and their publications are critically acclaimed by established scholars in their respective fields. This month, we would like to highlight a particularly noteworthy review of one of our books.

In an interview with Times Higher Education, the eminent linguist and author David Crystal was asked to recommend a book to their readers. David chose to acclaim Renato Tomei’s recent title Jamaican Speech Forms in Ethiopia: The Emergence of a New Linguistic Scenario in Shashamane, and described it as “fascinating”.


"When I visited Perugia last year, Renato Tomei from [the University for Foreigners of] Perugia gave me a copy of his book ‘Jamaican Speech Forms in Ethiopia: The Existence of a New Linguistic Scenario in Shashamane’. It turned out to be a fascinating account of the way Jamaican English has influenced speech in a Rastafarian community a long way from the Caribbean, bringing together linguistics, anthropology, musicology and cultural history."

–David Crystal, Times Higher Education


To find out more about Jamaican Speech Forms in Ethiopia: The Emergence of a New Linguistic Scenario in Shashamane, click here. To read the full interview with David, click here.

We are always very happy to hear from authors with reviews of their titles and have published an ever-increasing number of reviews on our website. Being well-reviewed is a strong selling point for any book, and at Cambridge Scholars we welcome our authors’ suggestions for potential reviewers both during and after publication.

For more information on the post-publication process or to request that your title be reviewed, please visit our dedicated Post-Publication page by clicking here or email marketing@cambridgescholars.com.

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Meet our Authors: Morna Ramday – November 2016 14 November 2016

Morna Ramday holds a PhD from the University of St Andrews and presently teaches at Silverstone University Technical College, where she most enjoys supporting sixth formers to research and write in preparation for going to university. At present, she is planning further pieces focusing on Dracula, the Gothic novel, and the libertine in Victorian literature.

With Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Morna authored her first book, Man Up: A Study of Gendered Expectations of Masculinities at the Fin de Siècle, which critically explores insights into the ways male authors responded to major upheavals demanded by New Woman authors and how masculinities could successfully negotiate these changing gender dynamics.

Morna explains her reasons for publishing with Cambridge Scholars:

Cambridge Scholars Publishing approached me as I was nearing the completion of my PhD and, after talking with an editor about my thesis and how to adapt it into book form, I took them up on the opportunity to publish with them. From then until the book was published, they were both patient and supportive throughout the whole procedure. Their advice and help through the adaptation was invaluable as I was completely inexperienced regarding this processEach part of the undertaking is guided by an expert in that section, and is completed by the design department who helped to create the eye-catching cover. Each person is always accessible and they respond swiftly and knowledgeably to every query. The finished book is something I can be proud of.


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Man Up: A Study of Gendered Expectations of Masculinities at the Fin de Siècle. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOANOV16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th December 2016.


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Meet our Authors: Daniel Cojocaru – November 2016 14 November 2016

Daniel Cojocaru received his DPhil from Oxford University in 2011, and has since taught English Literature at the University of Oxford and the University of Zurich.

His research focuses on contemporary fiction and film, literary theory, and literature and the Bible. He currently teaches English at the Kantonsschule Zürcher Oberland, Switzerland.

Daniel contributed to Dystopia(n) Matters: On the Page, on Screen, on Stage with Cambridge Scholars before writing his first book, Violence and Dystopia: Mimesis and Sacrifice in Contemporary Western Dystopian Narratives, which “exemplifies responsible, searching scholarship” according to Dr Andrew Bartlett of Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Daniel explains how he came to publish his first book with Cambridge Scholars and describes the experience:


I first became aware of Cambridge Scholars Publishing when, in the early days of my doctoral thesis, I was reading the Cambridge Scholars-published City Visions: The Work of Iain Sinclair. The range and quality of the essays substantially helped furthering my own research. A few years later one of my own articles was published in a collection of essays with Cambridge Scholars – a collection that featured work by leading scholars of utopian studies (Dystopia(n) Matters On the Page, on Screen, on Stage). The volume had quite an impact on the field and thus increased the visibility and reach of my own work.

“Remembering these very positive experiences, Cambridge Scholars was my first choice when I was looking for a publisher for my doctoral thesis. As I had not published a book before, I was unfamiliar with the necessary steps of publication. The professional and friendly staff at Cambridge Scholars (Sam Baker, Amanda Millar, David Luscombe, Anthony Wright and Victoria Carruthers deserve special mention here) guided me through all the steps from preparing the manuscript to the cover design. The many queries I had were often answered within a day or less. I also appreciated the author-led schedule of the publication process.

“Less than a year after Cambridge Scholars accepted my proposal I held my first book in my hands – the elegant material product of a successful collaboration. Since then the book has been very favourably reviewed and has been acquired by libraries from all around the world – a testimony to Cambridge Scholars’ widespread distribution network and professional marketing campaign.”


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Violence and Dystopia: Mimesis and Sacrifice in Contemporary Western Dystopian Narratives. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOANOV16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th December 2016.

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