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Meet our Authors: Ejike Udeogu - August 2018 07 August 2018

Dr Ejike Udeogu is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of East London’s School of Business and Law, where he also currently serves as the BSc (Hons) Economics programme director. He has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics, a postgraduate degree in financial management and a doctoral degree in economics. Before turning to academia, he worked as a statistical analyst for over five years in the public sector. His research focuses on a wide range of economic issues including the economics of imperialism and capitalism, financialisation, capital accumulation and economic development. Ejike is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and also a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

After a number of publications in journals such as African Political Economy, Ejike published his first book with Cambridge Scholars in 2018, entitled Financialisation, Capital Accumulation and Economic Development in Nigeria: A Critical Perspective.

Criticising the approaches of previous scholars and drawing on Africanist writers and post-Marxists such as Giovanni Arrighi, the book has been described by Uzochukwu Amakom, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Nigeria, as a must-read for “anyone who intends to understand the issues facing Nigeria and the way everything went wrong for a country once regarded as the giant of Africa.” 


Now that his book is published, Ejike reflects on his experiences of working with Cambridge Scholars: 

“My experience publishing with Cambridge Scholars has been wonderful. The service and assistance provided has been excellent. The process, starting with the initial contract signing to finalising the manuscript for printing, has been seamless and straightforward. I found, in particular, the support from the editors, the proof-readers and the cover designers very professional and excellent. They all provided timely and helpful advice that contributed immensely to the completion of my book and preparation for its launch. In sum, I am really pleased with the knowledge and expertise of Cambridge Scholars' staff. For a first time writer, they made publishing a book, which initially felt even more daunting than writing one, a really pleasant experience for me. I will definitely be recommending Cambridge Scholars to my colleagues and would not hesitate to use them again in the future.”


As part of our Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering readers a 50% discount on Financialisation, Capital Accumulation and Economic Development in Nigeria: A Critical Perspective. Please click here and use the discount code MOAAUG18 when checking out. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th September 2018.

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Meet our Authors: Despoina N. Feleki - August 2018 07 August 2018

Despoina N. Feleki is an independent researcher and appointed English Educator in Greece. She holds a PhD in Contemporary American Studies and an MA in Studies in European Literature and Culture. She lectures on the intersections between textuality and digitality, and how these affect literary and educational practices.  Her latest scientific interests revolve around contemporary Anglophone fiction, new media studies and popular cultural productions, investigating their effect on both readers’ and learners’ consciousness. Feleki presents her research in national and international conferences and is a regular review contributor to the online European Journal of American Studies. Her published articles have also appeared in numerous academic journals.   

In February of this year, Despoina’s monograph entitled Stephen King in the New Millennium: Gothic Mediations on New Writing Materialities, was published by Cambridge Scholars. The book is an exciting exploration of how the great horror writer has adapted to the world of digital print, probing King’s new ‘toolbox’ and how he has utilised it in the New Millenium. In addition, the book does not begin and end with King's writing - instead, it explores his media presence, internet forums, and even his videogame Discordia. The result is a compelling analysis of the entwining of the literary and the technological in King's recent output. 

Despoina reflects on the process of publishing with Cambridge Scholars:


"Being an early-career academic, Cambridge Scholars Publishing posed as the right choice for the publication of my first title. I was attracted by the interdisciplinary approach pursued by CSP publications and the wide range of academic studies offering insights into latest new media and cultural studies.

This promised to create the right space for a fruitful negotiation of the latest new media and literary practices that take place in the digitised twenty-first century.

The editorial team promised to offer support and guidance at all stages of this great endeavour, from manuscript submission to publication and post publication marketing policies... And I am here now to tell the tale!"

As part of our Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering readers a 50% discount on Stephen King in the New Millennium: Gothic Mediations on New Writing Materialities. Please click here and use the discount code MOAAUG18 when checking out. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th September 2018.


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International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 31 July 2018

On the 9th of August, Cambridge Scholars Publishing will be marking this years’ International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. There are more than 370 million indigenous people in the world, and they comprise an overwhelming majority of the world’s estimated 7,000 languages and 5,000 cultures.

Yet the historical pressures of capitalism, colonialism, and globalisation have weighted heavily on the lives and futures of the world’s indigenous communities. These pressures have led to a surge in critical scholarship examining and critiquing the West’s relationship with indigenous peoples, and more recently scholars working from interdisciplinary post-, anti-, and de-colonial perspectives have attempted to highlight the importance of indigenous philosophies, ideas, and worldviews. At Cambridge Scholars, we are proud to contribute to this project not only by publishing the best scholarly work focusing on indigenous peoples and their lives, but by working with indigenous authors to emphasise their voices.

To mark this upcoming day, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on four of our most important titles that speak to this theme. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code INDIGENOUS18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st September 2018

Just prior to the federal election of 2007, the Australian government led by John Howard decreed the “Northern Territory National Emergency Response”, commonly known as the Intervention, officially in reaction to an investigation by the Northern Territory government into allegedly rampant sexual abuse and neglect of Indigenous children. Far from improving the living conditions of Indigenous Australians and children, the policies have resulted in disempowerment, widespread despair, criminalisation and higher unemployment. 'And there'll be NO dancing': Perspectives on Policies Impacting Indigenous Australia since 2007 contains fourteen essays by scholars from Australia and Germany examine (historical) contexts and discourses of the Intervention and subsequent policies impacting Indigenous Australia since 2007 from the perspective of diverse academic disciplines. They invite readers to engage in the debate about human rights, about Indigenous self-determination, and about the preservation of Indigenous culture.

As the seat of the origin of social work profession, the global North has dominated the production of social work knowledge while the global South has remained primarily the consumer of knowledge. Community Practices in India: Lessons from the Grassroots is a ground-breaking collaboration by practitioners and academics from India to bring together indigenous knowledge in community organizing from the rich and vast base of experience existing within the country. It also presents an unprecedented example of the contribution made by the College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan, Mumbai, in addressing societal injustice and leaves the reader with thought-provoking questions around the scope and role of academic institutions towards this end. This volume will engage social work students, practitioners and educators in a critical reflection on the key concepts, processes, strategies and tensions underlying community organizing practices within the Indian context.

At each particular historical moment, the university appears as a heavy and rigid structure resisting changes, whereas, throughout time, it has actually undergone profound transformation. Often such changes have been drastic and almost always provoked by factors external to the university, be they of a religious, political or economic nature. Decolonising the University: The Challenge of Deep Cognitive Justice explores the nature and dynamics of the transformation that the university is undergoing today. It argues that some of the projects of reform currently under way are so radical that the question of the future of the university may well turn into the question of whether the university has a future. A specific feature of this inquiry is the realisation that questioning the future of the university involves questioning its past as well.

In the present era, when all of human civilization is struggling to preserve their individualities as a result of global commercialism and totalitarianism, theatre and drama play a metonymic role in composing and shaping aspects of human existence. However, there is debate as to how much the text and the stage are able to play a significant role towards staging individual voices on the vast global platform. The Indigenous Voice of Poetomachia: The Various Perspectives of Textuality and Performance, explores the different perspectives of textuality and performance. The analytical mode of the plays analysed here reveals different possible directions of dramatic reading. It represents a comprehensive study of drama and theatre, and the contributions will serve as an asset for both undergraduate and graduate students. The indigenous perspectives (both in terms of theatre and drama) provided here push the reader beyond the prevailing clichéd drama and theatre studies.


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Book of the Month - August 2018 31 July 2018

Our August Book of the Month is Intercultural Geopoetics in Kenneth White's Open World by Mohammed Hashas.

Geopoetics is a movement and creative project concerned with reconnecting human beings to the natural world and reinvigorating our understanding of the spaces and places in which we dwell. Largely associated with the Scottish poet Kenneth White and his Scottish Centre for Geopoetics, this project has spawned a vast, interdisciplinary body of scholarship that draws upon science, philosophy, and literary theory to push the latent possibilities of our relationship with the earth, and with each other. 

Amongst this scholarship, Hashas’ book stands out as a landmark contribution. Hashas not only provides a critical overview and analysis of geopoetics, but also shows how White’s writing points us towards a more harmonious, fulfilling future. In the words of Elizabeth Rimmer, poet and member of White’s Scottish Centre for Geopoetics, it is no less than “the book we have been waiting for; a template for taking geopoetics further.”


This work introduces Kenneth White’s geopoetics as a radical, postmodern interdisciplinary and intercultural project that reclaims the return to communication with the earth, nature, wo-man, and the self as part of a cosmic unity approach. It traces geopoetics’ beginnings, key concepts, territories and trajectories, aims, and perspectives. Geopoetics is shown here to be a cosmopolitan project for a more open and harmonious world, which buries narrow-mindedness and offers new horizons.


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 book throughout August. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMAUG18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st September 2018.

Please see below for highlights of the praise this book has been receiving from academics, journalists, and government officials alike:


“Hashas’ reading of Kenneth White’s project is a worthwhile contribution to laying the foundation for a better understanding between cultures, namely the Arab-Islamic culture and Western culture.”

--Khalid Hajji, President of the Brussels Forum of Wisdom and World Peace

“White’s geopoetics deserves our attention in this hasty world that is losing values, connectedness, and humanness, and Hashas renders us this service intelligently in this work.”

--Francesca M. Corrao, Professor of Arabic Language and Culture, LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome

“Kenneth White’s exploration of Arabic culture has been less developed than that of Asia and of the Inuit in the West. Hashas, who has been initiated to geopoetics by a former student of Kenneth White, seems naturally destined to pursue the path of the Poet and Thinker as developed also by the International Institute of Geopoetics.”

--Michèle Duclos, Retired Senior Lecturer, Bordeaux Montaigne University, France; author of Kenneth White, nomade intellectual, poète du monde (2006).

“Enthusiasts of White’s ground-breaking synthesis of science, philosophy and poetry have long felt the need of a thorough academic structural outline of his thinking that would not only serve as a commentary on White’s oeuvre, but also provide a template for taking geopoetics further. In Intercultural Geopoetics, Mohammed Hashas has written the book we have been waiting for; it is a considerable achievement.”

--Elizabeth Rimmer, poet and member of the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics

“Intercultural Geopoetics in Kenneth White's Open World represents a valuable contribution to the study of space, intersecting in a homogeneous and harmonious way the different literary, philosophical and geocultural perspectives that a meticulous study of geopoetics requires.”

--Simone Sibilio, Reset, 30/01/2018


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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - August 2018 31 July 2018

This month, our Editorial Advisory Board member Professor Clara Sarmento has chosen her ‘Recommended Read’: a book published in December of last year by Soňa Šnircová. Clara is currently the director of the Centre for Intercultural Studies of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto, where she is a Full Professor with tenure, member of the Consulting Board, and director of the MA programs in Specialized Translation and Interpreting and in Intercultural Studies for Business. She is the author or editor of six books with Cambridge Scholars, including Popular and Visual Culture: Design, Circulation and Consumption (2014) and The Imagery of Writing in the Early Works of Paul Auster: From Stones to Books (2018).

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Clara’s choice. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABAUG18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st September 2018.

Professor Clara Sarmento’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Girlhood in British Coming-of-Age Novels: The Bildungsroman Heroine Revisited

Author: Soňa Šnircová

The book discusses a selection of coming-of-age narratives that offer a revisiting of the classic Bildungsroman heroine – the young white middle-class woman – and present her developments in postwar and postmillennial British literature. It will be of interest to scholars and students in the fields of literary and girls’ studies, particularly those who want to see new trends and issues in young adult fiction in the context of a literary tradition.

Soňa Šnircová develops a remarkable, much needed and exciting overview of the literary representations of growth, under the perspective of gender, class, ethnicity, race and sexuality, as opposed to – and criticizing – the once exclusively masculine, white and middle-class idiosyncrasies that sustained trivial definitions of the Bildungsroman. The book discusses a selection of eight novels by female authors, published between 1949 and 2014, that shed light over three different periods of postwar British literature: the pre-second wave feminism, the decades dominated by feminist debate and the postfeminist turn-of-the-millennium ‘chick-lit’ period. Snircova employs close reading techniques to examine the heroines’ development in the framework of their individual coming-of-age stories, while paying attention to the influence of cultural and historical impulses. Admirably, Snircova sees the contemporary female coming of age novel as another genre that too often reflects the media-induced constructions of the female identity, echoing the same signs of utopian liberation and antifeminist backlash that have been identified in popular chick-lit, because the process of emancipation invariably depends on the girl’s ability to participate in masculine forms of power.

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Featured Review - Byron and the Best of Poets 31 July 2018

Whether poetry or prose, at Cambridge Scholars we are proud to publish texts that are critically reviewed in the best scholarly journals focusing on language and literature. This month, we are delighted to share an especially noteworthy review published in the latest issue of The Byron Journal.

Cambridge Scholars has published numerous texts on Byron to great acclaim, many of them authored by the late Peter Cochran. In 2016 we welcomed a new author on Byron to the fold, Nicholas Gayle, and his Byron and the Best of Poets has now joined the long list of our titles to break new ground in the study of the great romantic poet. In his review, David Woodhouse of the Byron Society comments:


“One of the charming features of this charming book is the way in which Nicholas Gayle takes ‘the passionate sincerity of Byron’s defence of Pope’ at face value […] Although Gayle provides a good flavour of the Pope/Bowles Controversy in his opening chapter, he finds it by turns ‘curious’, ‘frustrating’ and ‘sterile’. Instead, his equally ambitious project—the first full-length study of Byron’s ‘lifelong interaction with Pope’—focuses almost exclusively on ‘verse intertexts’ while draws upon ‘elements of biography and psychology’. […] Gayle’s finest comparison of Pope and Byron concentrates on ‘a particular quality of conversational tone’ in the portrayals of Pitholeon and Raucocanti. He demonstrates how the caricature of Pope as a poet of uniform pace and pause was such a wilful (if in many ways understandable) Romantic misreading. He also helps us begin to see how keeping ‘tune and time’, the anxious burden of the post-Augustan heroic couplet, becomes a relished part of the performance in anglicised ottava rima. Applause, in spite of faults, is due this book for the passionate sincerity with which Nicholas Gayle champions Byron and Pope and for his insistence that ‘the poetry is the thing’.”   

–David Woodhouse, The Byron Journal 46/1 (2018)


Woodhouse concludes that “Gayle has his own distinctive voice and his own original insights”, and that the book is a significant contribution to Byron studies. The full review is available here (requires subscription).

Gayle’s second book with Cambridge Scholars, Byron and the Sea-Green Isle, is available until the end of August for a cut-price £29.99. Please click here to purchase it.

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 our dedicated Reviews Editor 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.

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50th Anniversary of the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 29 June 2018

On the 1st of July 1968, exactly fifty years ago yesterday, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons was opened for signature by the United Nations. In the preceding years, the horror of Hiroshima and the escalating tensions between the USA and the USSR over their stockpiling of nuclear weapons had led US President Dwight D. Eisenhower to declare in his famous 1953 Atoms for Peace speech that the new language of international relations was “the language of atomic warfare.” Eighteen nations from around the world, backed by the UN, subsequently came together and negotiated the terms of the treaty, and it remains in force today, signed by over 180 countries.        

The key objectives of the treaty were to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons technology and encourage the development of clean, safe, nuclear energy. This is an endeavour common to governments, scientists, and experts from numerous other fields. At Cambridge Scholars, we are proud to contribute to this endeavour in our publication of titles spanning the Social, Physical, Health, and Life Sciences.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the treaty, we are offering readers a parallel 50% discount on our titles on nuclear politics, history, and physics. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code NUCLEAR18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st August 2018

Secretary of Commerce Henry A. Wallace was an earnest supporter of the Stimson Proposal, a disarmament proposal submitted to the Truman administration by then Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson immediately after World War II. This proposal suggested direct dialogue with the Soviets over control of the newly-released atomic energy used against Japan in August 1945. Henry A. Wallace’s Criticism of America’s Atomic Monopoly, 1945-1948 illustrates that Wallace’s ideas of international atomic controls with Soviet partnership – a position embraced by atomic scientists – could prevent a postwar nuclear proliferation. The failure of Wallace’s concept of postwar world order, a product of rejection by President Truman, has revealed an ideological conflict between democracy and nuclear weaponry. Amazingly, Wallace daringly made this historic attempt and kept to his vision, a commitment which led to his alienation and eventual ousting from Truman’s cabinet.

In the West, interest about Korea is often limited to its unnatural division and the peculiar regime in the North of the Peninsula. However, its culture is rich, its history a thousand years-old, its land populous, and its economy spectacularly growing. How is it possible that such a country, a key figure in the recent history of Asia would only call to mind advanced technology or nuclear threat? The Divided Korean Peninsula: A Window into Everyday Life is drawn from the personal experiences of the author, who lived in South Korea and experienced it two different times, in 2000 and 2010, and had the possibility of going back in 2017. In all his time there, he tasted all the characteristics, the contradictions, merits and defects of this halved and impenetrable country.

Magnetic and Electric Resonance is devoted to a quasi-classical treatment of quantum transitions, with an emphasis on nuclear magnetic resonance, nuclear quadrupole resonance and electric dipolar resonance. The method described here is based on the quasi-classical description of condensed matter, and makes use of the equation of motion of harmonic oscillators with external forces. In addition to known results in magnetic resonance, the book also presents parametric resonance for electric dipoles and dipolar interaction which may lead to spontaneous electric polarization. Overall, it presents a less known but nonetheless important aspect of quasi-classical approximation to quantum-mechanical motion.

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Book of the Month - July 2018 29 June 2018

Our July Book of the Month is Daughters of the Nile: Egyptian Women Changing Their World, edited by Samia I. Spencer.

We hear much about Egyptian queens and princesses in popular culture. From the glistening figure of Cleopatra, whose legacy survives in countless forms of contemporary art, theatre, and literature, to the goddess Isis, worshipped by Egyptians and Greeks alike for her solemn role shepherding souls to the afterlife, ancient Egyptian history is awash with women. Yet in the modern age, we hear far more of Gamal Abdel Nasser, founder of contemporary Egypt, and Hosni Mubarak, who was famously deposed in the Arab Spring. This book asks a simple question: what of ordinary Egyptian women, and how do they navigate and transform both their country and the world? Daughters of the Nile: Egyptian Women Changing Their World is the vivid and timely story of the lives and experiences of modern Egyptian women – told from their own perspective in a reflective and passionate way.To find out more, please click here to read a sample extract and contents page. 

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 both the hardback and paperback versions of the book throughout July, taking the price of the paperback to only £14.99. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMJUL18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st August 2018.

Please see below for highlights of the praise this book has been receiving from academics, journalists, and government officials alike:


"The vividly narrated chapters, all in the first-person, hold many memorable phrases and much candour. The story in each becomes not only that of the individual woman narrating her experience but also the history of a society and a country. Through the eyes and documents of these women, we see pressing Egyptian issues coming to the fore. [...] For those interested in Egypt or women’s progress, or those who enjoy engaging and well-written autobiography, this book is a must."

--Aziza Sami, Al-Ahram Weekly, 03.03.2017

"This book is long overdue. It is high time that modern Egyptian women stand side-by-side with their brilliant ancestors."

--Yvette Roudy, France’s Minister of Women’s Rights (1981-1986)

"This outstanding book is a must-read. Many influential Egyptians share personal, telling stories about their achievements, shattering stale myths about Egyptian women. In their marvelously detailed narratives, they strive to make the world a better place, resulting in a much-needed Egyptian humanity. Their stories warmed my heart; so much so that I want to meet and thank each and every one of them for their passion, wit and courage."

--Jack G Shaheen, Author of Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People

"Working on Rule of Law programs, in Egypt and Jordan, with judges from the region, I observed first-hand the valuable contribution women make to the discussion of today’s important issues. So for me, the professional achievements chronicled in this book, although remarkable are not surprising. Narratives that mothers and daughters can read together, and that all of us can admire. What fine examples the authors set for women everywhere!"

--Justice Joseph P. Nadeau, New Hampshire Supreme Court (Retired)

"Stereotypes are unidimensional stories about a category of other, largely devoid of fact. The strongest antidote to stereotyping are stories that offer counter-narratives about real people living rich, full lives of substance. This book is a wonderful example of just such counter-narratives."

--Mary Ellen Kondrat, Dean and Retired Professor, University of Kansas School of Social Welfare

"This book is a stark and important reminder of the power of women, their accomplishments against many odds, and their resilience to overcome, lead, and be a force to reckon with in their country and beyond. Egyptian women have a strong and rich tradition of leadership, and this is yet another example of their strength—an excellent and inspiring read."

--Mohammad Naciri Regional Director, Arab States Regional Office, UN Women, Cairo, Egypt



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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - July 2018 29 June 2018

This month, our Editorial Advisory Board member Dr Edith Bruder has chosen her ‘Recommended Read’: a book published in December 2016 by Tudor Parfitt and Netanel Fisher. Edith is a research associate at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and a research fellow at the University of South Africa. A French ethnologist with a multi-disciplinary background in the history of art and clinical psychology, she has researched and published widely on the history and the contemporary phenomena of Jewish practices across sub-Saharan Africa, Judaising movements, forgotten diasporas, contemporary diasporas and particular Jewish identities. Her books include Black Jews, Les Juifs noirs d’Afrique et le mythe des Tribus perdues (Albin Michel, 2014), co-editor of African Zion, Studies in Black Judaism (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012) and African Journeys to Judaism (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, forthcoming 2018)

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Edith’s choice. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABJUL18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st August 2018.


Dr Edith Bruder’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Becoming Jewish: New Jews and Emerging Jewish Communities in a Globalized World

Editors: Tudor Parfitt and Netanel Fisher

Traditionally, few non-Jews converted to the Jewish faith, but today millions are converting to Judaism. In this volume, leading scholars of issues related to conversion, Judaising movements and Judaism as a New Religious Movement discuss and explain this global movement towards identification with the Jewish people, from Germany and Poland to China and Nigeria. 


Tudor Parfitt and Netanel Fisher’s captivating book on the emergence of new Jewish identities in the globalized world is resolutely looking forward to the future. The book is a courageous adventure in transnational histories, cultural crossbreeding, and the development of Jewish identity in the twentieth century. It refers to a remarkable phenomenon that has been taking place over several decades:  in various countries, a vast number of individuals or groups have chosen to become part of the Jewish people and have acquainted themselves with Jewish tradition and legends in diverse circumstances and contexts.

In their chapters, leading scholars from social and religious sciences delineate the various profiles of ‘joiners’ to Judaism. In the vast scope of their methodological approach, one of the distinguishing features of the book, they rise unavoidable questions about identity, “authentic” Jewishness, and citizenship in Israel: Who is a Jew… versus a non-Jew? What is Judaism?

This book constitutes a very valuable and worthwhile resource. What it demonstrates clearly is that Judaism and Jewishness are going through very profound changes in our time. It is not surprising that different disciplines based on different criteria and methods of interpretation may reach different conclusions on the same subject—it appears that the story is just beginning to unfold.

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Featured Review - Engaging Men in Building Gender Equality 29 June 2018

At Cambridge Scholars we know that the printing of a book is just the beginning, rather than the end, of the publication process. We work hard to ensure our authors’ titles receive the critical acclaim that they deserve, and we are proud that our books are consistently and positively reviewed in prominent, peer-reviewed academic journals with high impact factors.

This month we are delighted to share a particularly striking review published in Men and Masculinities, the flagship journal of the emerging field of men and masculinities studies. The latest issue features a review of Michael Flood and Richard Howson’s 2015 edited collection Engaging Men in Building Gender Equality by Cliff Leek. Leek is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Northern Colorado, and a renowned expert on the connections between men, masculinities, violence, and gender equality. He summarises that “readers will be hard-pressed to find a text that confronts the current debates and controversies in the movement to engage men in gender equality as thoroughly and judiciously as this contribution from Flood and Howson.”:


“Not only do the editors successfully pair the conceptual with the practical through the overall structure of the volume, but most of the contributions also bridge that divide as well. The case studies presented tie their findings to broader debates and issues in the field and the conceptual contributions about those debates and issues describe the impact those theoretical discussions can or should have on the tangible work being done. The ways this is done in the volume are genuinely impressive, given how common it is for theoretical and applied contributions in edited volumes to feel very disconnected from one another. The ambitious scope of topics the volume takes on pays off and makes this a meaningful read for everyone active under the gender equality umbrella whether their work is on violence, health, the workplace, the family, or theory.”

– Dr Cliff Leek, University of Northern Colorado


Moreover, Leek notes that Flood’s introduction is “the best primer on this work that I have seen in that it simultaneously maps the field—providing an overview of what we know—and refuses to shy away from points of political contention.”  The full review is available here (subscription required). To find out more about Engaging Men in Building Gender Equality, please 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 our dedicated Reviews Editor 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 marketing@cambridgescholars.com.

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