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Africa Day 2016 - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 29 April 2016

This month, following our commemoration of Europe Day last year, we are pleased to support Africa Day on 25th May. Africa Day marks the day when the Organisation of African Unity, the precursor to the current African Union, was formed in 1963 after representatives of 32 governments signed a founding charter in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The union has expanded over the years and now consists of 54 countries from across the continent.

Each year, Africa Day aims to celebrate African unity and encourage reflection on both the progress that has been made and the challenges, such as armed conflict and poverty, which still remain to be addressed.

Africa Day is celebrated not only across the continent but also in the diaspora, with events taking place from the United Kingdom and Ireland to Australia and New Zealand.

To mark Africa Day, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on 3 of our best-selling titles on Africa. To find out more about each title, click on the image.

“If in the past the Sahara divided us, now it unites us,” Kwame Nkrumah declared more than half a century ago. A continental union government, Nkrumah was convinced, would ensure that Africa ended the divisions created by the trilogy of the enslavement, colonization and neo-colonization of Africans. Nkrumah was concerned by other divisions as well, specifically those created by time, history, nature, and, above all, Africans themselves, such as ethnic, racial and religious discrimination, classism, sexism, and ageism, as well as atavistic and backward traditional practices, including “tribalism” and patriarchy. Africa’s Many Divides and Africa’s Future: Pursuing Nkrumah’s Vision of Pan-Africanism in an Era of Globalization is a collection of papers presented at the first and second Kwame Nkrumah International Conferences. This volume contextualizes Nkrumah’s pan-Africanist agenda within the neo-liberal global project and against the backdrop of the current global economic and political ferment.

Contextualizing Indigenous Knowledge in Africa and its Diaspora proposes a wholesale adoption of African Indigenous Knowledge Systems as a paradigm for Africa’s renewal and freedom from the whims of foreign interests. These systems, as argued here, involve balancing short-term thinking and immediate gratification with longer-term planning for future generations of Africans and the continent’s diaspora. The book will be of interest to anyone concerned with development studies in Africa and its diaspora, as it offers plausible solutions to Africa’s chronic developmental problems that can only be provided from within Africa, rather than through the intervention of external third parties. As such, it provides vital contributions to the ongoing search for viable answers to the challenges that Africa faces today.

What is the state of governance in sub-Saharan Africa? Is it possible to identify the best practices and approaches to establishing political systems that promote accountability, transparency, peace, and civic space for all? These are the questions addressed in Growing Democracy in Africa, which critically examines the record on democratization in Africa thus far, and seeks a new, integrated, focused approach to the study of governance. Considered in a democratic framework, the concept of governance can be employed to cast light on accountability issues in several arenas, four of which are considered in detail in this volume: institutions and the rule of law; constitution-making, elections, and political conflict settlement; distribution of power and citizenship; and political economy and corruption. The discussions contained herein and the various challenges, achievements, and lessons outlined will contribute to research, inform teaching, and lead to a greater understanding of the issues of democratic consolidation and economic development in Africa.

To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code AFRICA16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st May 2016.

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Book of the Month - May 2016 29 April 2016

Our May Book of the Month is Muslim Identity Formation in Religiously Diverse Societies, edited by Derya Iner and Salih Yucel.

This book centres on the key concept of diversity and relates it to the identity formation of Muslims. Muslim identity differs specifically within certain theological, social, political and regional circumstances and discourses. Considering the diversity of societies and the numerous factors contributing to the shaping of Muslim identity, this book brings together examples from different parts of the world, including Western societies, and each chapter focuses on separate determinants of individual, communal, political, institutional, civic and national Muslim identities, offering a blueprint for identity studies. A particular strength of the book is its detailed investigation of the complexity of identity formation and the heterogeneity of the Muslim experience. In addition to including a variety of themes and cases from different parts of the world, diverse methodologies, including quantitative and qualitative research methods, further enrich the book. By giving voice to academics from different nationalities, this book reflects neither a predominantly Western nor a distinctly Eastern approach, but instead gives a balanced view from critical academia globally.

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 BOMMAY16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st May 2016.

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

“Derya Iner and Salih Yucel's new volume further shatters the myth of the monolithic Muslim world and demonstrates the plurality of the Muslim identity. The collection strongly argues that Muslims around the world develop their identities through the influence of their roots, conflicts and associations within their communities, as well as through external political and cultural influences. In my own work, I have witnessed Pakistani Muslims struggle with tribal versus national identities and immigrant Muslims in Europe face the challenges of shifting political and cultural norms on their identities. By helping us understand the root of our identities, this valuable collection helps us to build bridges and understand the similarities in our humanity.”

—Professor Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies, American University, USA

“This very timely book addresses a critical issue for social scientists and communities, in this case particularly Muslim communities and those other communities that have the opportunity to live with them. Identities are formed, created and negotiated by people, yet also structure, shape and colour their lives. This book presents research from many parts of the world, showing how identities are formed and their impacts. It is interestingly written in engaging language, yet grounded in substantial research. It is a serious contribution to the identity literature and the understanding of what it is to be a Muslim today.”

—Professor Gary Bouma, UNESCO Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations–Asia Pacific; Acting Director, Monash Global Terrorism Research Centre, Monash University, Australia

“The topic of Muslim identity formation has become of great importance in light of recent events and challenges that have escalated attention on this community across the globe. This important book is a worthy contribution to ongoing debates on the role of politics, religion and culture in the formation, development and reconfiguration of identities.”

—Professor Tahir Abbas, Founding Director of the University of Birmingham Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Culture; Professor of Sociology, Fatih University, Istanbul

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Featured Review: Organisational Anatomy: A Manager’s Guide to a Healthy Organisation 29 April 2016

At Cambridge Scholars, we are very proud that many of our authors and their publications are critically acclaimed by eminent scholars in their respective fields. We put our authors at the centre of everything we do, and this month we would like to take this opportunity to highlight a particularly noteworthy review.

This month, we are delighted to showcase Courtney Fingar’s review of Oleg Konovalov’s title Organisational Anatomy: A Manager’s Guide to a Healthy Organisation, a title in our new Towards the Twenty-First Century Organization Series. Courtney is the Editor-in-Chief of fDi Magazine (published by the Financial Times) and Head of Content at fDi Intelligence, and critiqued Oleg’s title as an “insightful yet pragmatic book”.

“In debates over campaign financing, the US presidential elections of 2012 saw the question arise of whether companies could be classed as 'people' and therefore enjoy certain rights to make political contributions. It was a heated issue, and a question that is impossible to solve to everyone's satisfaction. But whether or not a company is a 'person', it certainly functions as an organism in many important ways and can be treated and analysed as such. In an insightful yet pragmatic book, Oleg Konovalov gets under the skin of the company as an organism, and explains how to help it function best. A highly useful read for any manager.”

–Courtney Fingar, fDi Magazine

To find out more about Organisational Anatomy: A Manager’s Guide to a Healthy Organisation, 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 have a number of ways in which we can help authors and editors to this end.

In the first instance, following publication we will contact individuals and publications from our wide-ranging list of contacts. We have up to 20 review copies to send directly to any interested scholars or publications as standard. We appreciate that our authors have specialist knowledge in their subject areas, and we always welcome suggestions of potential reviewers both during and after publication.

For more information on the post-publication process, please visit our dedicated Post-Publication page by clicking here or email

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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - May 2016 29 April 2016

This May, our Editorial Advisory Board member Professor Tim Connell has chosen his ‘Recommended Read’: one of our best-selling titles, noteworthy for the contribution it makes to its field. Tim Connell is Professor Emeritus at City University, having been head of languages there for nearly twenty years. His particular interest is in the field of professional training for translators and interpreters.

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Tim’s pick. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABMAY16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st May 2016.

Professor Tim Connell’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Language across Languages: New Perspectives on Translation

Editors: Emanuele Miola, Paolo Ramat.

The challenging issues that arise for translation studies from socio-cultural changes in Western Europe and all over the world are tackled in this volume according to two intertwined viewpoints: firstly a strictly linguistic perspective, and secondly from the point of view of anthropological linguistics.

Language Across Languages is an eclectic mix of articles arising from a translation conference held in Pavia in 2013, hence the sub-title New Perspectives on Translation. New fields are covered here such as sign language interpreting, dubbing and subtitling, but there is a full range of topics for the fairly specialised reader. Linking the points of cultural contact between Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome and then looking at how the Chinese in recent years have viewed the culture of the West is fascinating, and that leads into the more technical aspects of translating between alien grammars. Different approaches to the technique of translation are also covered, which will be of interest both to those who are new to the business or who have long experience.” 

For further information on Professor Connell, please click here.

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Meet our Authors: Thomas Reuter – April 2016 14 April 2016

Dr Thomas Reuter is a Future Fellow of the Australian Research Council and Professor at the University of Melbourne’s Asia Institute. After completing his PhD at the Australian National University in 1997, he taught at Heidelberg University in Germany, and held post-doctoral and QE2 fellowships at Melbourne University and a senior research fellowship at Monash University in Australia.

He has served as President of the Australian Anthropological Association (2002–2005) and Chair of the World Council of Anthropological Associations (2009–2012). He is currently Senior Vice-President of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES), a member of the executive of the International Social Science Council (ISSC), and a regional advisory board member of Future Earth (Asia). His research focuses on religion, politics, environment, food security, globalisation and social movements, primarily in Indonesia, but also globally. He has published over 100 articles and nine books.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Thomas has edited Averting a Global Environmental Collapse: The Role of Anthropology and Local Knowledge, and he explains why he chose to publish the volume with us.

Working with the editorial team of Cambridge Scholars was a pleasure. The publication process was smooth and quick, and yet thorough and professional. The difference to the publication schedule of two other publishers I had contacted and who had shown interest in reviewing the volume was one year or more. The other reason why I chose Cambridge Scholars was that this edited volume is a compilation of contributions from scholars from all parts of the world. Among more conventional academic presses, there is often a bias against scholars from developing countries, who are thereby prevented from reaching a global academic audience. This is a major issue in the politics of knowledge today. It is also contrary to the mission of international professional organisations in my discipline, in which I have been prominently involved for many years. International organisations in anthropology now insist on inclusiveness through equal access to the means of knowledge production, with the aim of facilitating global dialogue and universal participation across all cultural and language barriers. We are grateful to Cambridge Scholars for supporting us in this quest.

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Averting a Global Environmental Collapse: The Role of Anthropology and Local Knowledge. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAAPR16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 16th May 2016.

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Meet our Authors: Narayani Basu – April 2016 14 April 2016

Narayani Basu is an independent scholar and journalist, with a background in Chinese foreign policy and a specialisation in US-China relations. She has written and published extensively on these subjects. This is her first book.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Narayani has authored The United States and China: Competing Discourses of Regionalism in East Asia.

Narayani describes the experience of working with Cambridge Scholars Publishing:

My hunt for publishing houses to bring out my first book, The United States and China: Competing Discourses of Regionalism in East Asia, was fruitless until late 2014. Most houses were reluctant to publish a young independent scholar who had not yet attained her PhD. When I wrote to Cambridge Scholars Publishing, however, I was pleasantly surprised. The team that got in touch with me was not only very happy to publish my book, but entirely appreciative of its substance. Since I was a first-time author, I had a number of questions about the publishing process. My queries were always promptly and helpfully answered. There was always one member of the editorial team who was present to deal with any questions or changes I suggested, as far as proofs and cover designs were concerned.

The finished product was released in April 2015, and the book has found its way onto the shelves of libraries worldwide. I could not have asked for better editorial assistance, global outreach or marketing. As a young, first-time writer, Cambridge Scholars met and exceeded every expectation I had. Publishing with them has been a wonderful experienceone I would not hesitate to repeat!

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on The United States and China: Competing Discourses of Regionalism in East Asia. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAAPR16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 16th May 2016.

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