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Cambridge Scholars Publishing #4 in ‘World’s Top Ranked Publishers’ List 01 November 2014

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is very pleased to announce that we have been ranked fourth in the ‘World’s Top Ranked Publishers’ list, as compiled by the Library of Social Science. These 2014 rankings are primarily based on the capacity of a publisher to promote its books and receive recognition at scholarly conferences. The Library of Social Science organises book exhibits at approximately 30 meetings every year throughout North America, selected for their significance, impact and capacity to attract influential audiences.

Dr Richard A. Koenigsberg, Director of the Library of Social Science says: “We have been promoting Cambridge Scholars Publishing titles at our book exhibits for the last several years, and have been very excited to follow the growth and development of this company.”

Cambridge Scholars Publishing CEO, Graeme Nicol, adds: “We are delighted to receive this accolade and acknowledgement of the importance we place on getting our titles in front of the most appropriate target markets: the academics that need and use this research.”

For further information on the Library of Social Science book exhibit schedule, where Cambridge Scholars Publishing titles are typically promoted, please click here.

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Book of the Month - November 2014 01 November 2014

Our November ‘Book of the Month’ is Seductive Screens: Children's Media—Past, Present, and Future – a novel and timely exploration of the development of child media from its early beginnings on the radio to the millions of postings on Facebook today. The author, Michael Brody, integrates case studies that consider the role of economics, psychology and technology, and discusses how the media affects our children by impacting on education, civility, celebrity, violence, play and child rearing. This exciting title has a wide-ranging appeal, and will encourage the reader to join in the debate, as questions follow most chapters.

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 BOMNOV14 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st December 2014.

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


"In the crusading tradition of Fredric Wertham’s Seduction of the Innocent (1954), Brody provides an insightful history, analysis, and critique of the psychological impact that media has had and has on children and adolescents. By no means a definitive or comprehensive history of children’s media, Seductive Screens seeks to fill the gap in media studies literature with a decisively psychological and often deeply personal reading of various aspects of the child media phenomenon that centers primarily on Disney, Batman, Star Wars, Barbie, and Sesame Street, with some attention given to other influential children’s media constructions. [....] If one has ever wondered how a psychiatrist would think about elements of popular culture today, Seductive Screens is a brilliant introductory text accessible to the non-specialist and academic alike.”

 Ben Crace, Journal of American Culture, 37:2 (June 2014), 249-250


''In 'Seductive Screens', [Dr. Brody] explores just how media has shaped the psyches of children, from early beginnings with radio programs to the pokes and status updates of Facebook, and what forces have bought us to today's media-rich milieu. Dr. Brody assembles case studies like Disney, Sesame Street, and Batman in chapters that focus on the social, economic, psychological, and technological forces driving the form and content of children's media, which is becoming more and more participatory and potentially even more dangerous.”

—American Academy of Child and Adolescent News, March/April 2013.



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Editorial Advisory Board's 'Recommended Read' - November 2014 01 November 2014

This November, our Editorial Advisory Board member, Professor Chrissie Harrington, has chosen her ‘Recommended Read’: one of our best-selling titles, which is noteworthy for the contribution it makes to its field. As an Arts Education Consultant, Chrissie’s main expertise lies in the areas of education, the arts and performance.

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Chrissie’s pick. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABNOV14 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st December 2014.


Professor Chrissie Harrington’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Sound, Music and the Moving-Thinking Body

Editors: Marilyn Wyers and Osvaldo Glieca

“In this book the editors, Wyers and Glieca, are successful in promoting a greater interest in inter-disciplinary and collaborative practice. They bring together diverse contributions from practitioners who are looking beyond the perceived confines of their disciplines and exploring new modes of devising, making and performing. Their investigations have the potential to impact on the ways in which performance is perceived, and subsequently created. 

Specifically, music and sound are key to all of the twelve contributions, and movement is frequently explored to both enhance and transform the potential of performance from concept to realisation. The issue of presence, newness, immediacy and experience is a common theme running through the research practice that includes opera, contemporary choreography, social dance and music forms, sound/image spaces, and audio/visual media productions. In most cases, practice is informed by theory, and adds to the depth of debate and scholarly rigor. At other times, a more documentary approach tells us what happened, and proposes new research possibilities. The book includes some provocative texts, with room for others to take forward – most especially in the field of corporeality and multi-dimensional performance modes. Highly recommended.”


For further information on Professor Chrissie Harrington, please click here

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Meet our Authors: Peter Whiteman - October 2014 15 October 2014

Dr Peter Whiteman is the Head of the Department of the Institute of Early Childhood at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. An experienced music educator, he has worked with families and young children in a range of children's services, schools, and community organisations. He was previously the Director of the Centre for Education, Research and Children at the University of Newcastle, Australia, where he convened the Early Childhood Teacher Education Programs. Peter is a member of the editorial board of Advances in Music Education Research, and is the Commissioning Editor for the Children and Childhoods book series, published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Peter and his co-editor, Katey De Gioia, have now authored 3 volumes in the Children and Childhoods series.

Peter explains his reasons for choosing to publish his series with Cambridge Scholars Publishing and emphasises our commitment to an author-centric approach, allowing scholars to present their work as authentically as possible:

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the ease I find in working with Cambridge Scholars Publishing. We are now up to volume three in press and volume four is underway. Since my first interaction with Cambridge Scholars, every person that I have been in contact with has been so helpful and timely in our work together. Knowing that there is always advice at hand, yet also having a deal of academic freedom has been a refreshing experience. This allows each volume to have its own unique flavor, ensuring that we remain true to our own discipline and the many idiosyncrasies that it entails. I always feel that my knowledge is valued and remains at the forefront of what the final product looks like. I am so happy that we started this endeavor and look forward to further additions to the series.”


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on the 3 volumes of the Children and Childhood series, published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAOCT14 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 30th November 2014.


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Meet our Authors: Marek Pawlicki - October 2014 15 October 2014

This month’s ‘Young Scholar’ is Dr Marek Pawlicki. Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Marek has authored: Between Illusionism and Anti-Illusionism: Self-Reflexivity in the Chosen Novels of J. M. Coetzee

Dr Marek Pawlicki graduated from the Institute of English Studies of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland, in 2008. He completed his PhD studies in 2012, with a thesis entitled “Self-Reflexivity in the Works of J. M. Coetzee.”  He currently works at the Jagiellonian University and at the Neophilological Institute of the State School of Higher Education in Oświęcim. His current research interests include the works of J.M. Coetzee, Nadine Gordimer and self-reflexivity in contemporary Anglo-American fiction.


He describes the experience of publishing with Cambridge Scholars Publishing:

“Showing my dissertation to the editors of Cambridge Scholars Publishing was certainly one of the best decisions I have taken in my academic career so far. The cooperation with the editors was smooth and efficient, and I was happy to have the book in my hands just two months after sending in the final draft. I am very satisfied with the design of the book, especially the front cover, which was praised by many of my colleagues. Publishing with Cambridge Scholars Publishing is probably the fastest and most convenient way of reaching an international audience.”


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Between Illusionism and Anti-Illusionism: Self-Reflexivity in the Chosen Novels of J. M. Coetzee. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAOCT14 during checkout.  Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 30th November 2014.



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10th Anniversary of Afghan Democracy 26 September 2014

This October marks the 10th anniversary of the first democratic elections in Afghanistan, when Hamid Karzai won 21 of the 34 provinces, defeating his 22 opponents and becoming the first democratically elected leader of Afghanistan. Many interpreted this victory as a symbolically important ‘new beginning’ for the war-torn nation. Whilst Karzai has carved out a reputation as a shrewd statesman, the enormous challenges faced by Afghanistan (including government corruption, Taliban insurgents, and severe poverty) have made his work difficult.

Professor Emeritus David Weir, the Chair of our Editorial Advisory Board, has worked extensively as a consultant in risk and crisis management in the Arab Middle East. He explains the challenges facing Afghanistan:

“It is indeed a decade since the ‘first democratic elections in Afghanistan’ placed Karzai in the President’s office in Kabul. It is something to celebrate, but the next decade must see significant progress towards solving the underlying issues of poverty, inequality, women’s rights, corruption and the gross urban-rural divide that scar the social landscape of Afghan society, or else the democratic impulse will be frustrated. Here, and elsewhere in the Near and Middle East, improved access to global communications is part of the answer, but, at present outside of Kabul, many remote areas are still without Internet coverage and, though fibre optic cables are currently being built, progress is slow and coverage is patchy.”

To commemorate this anniversary, and to reflect the cultural, social and economic diversity of Afghanistan, Cambridge Scholars is offering our readers a 50% discount on 3 of our best-selling titles. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code AFGHAN14 during checkout.  Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 2nd November 2014.

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New Distribution Partnership with CoInfo 26 September 2014

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is very pleased to announce a new partnership with CoInfo, the academic and specialist book distributor based in Australia.

Cambridge Scholars CEO, Graeme Nicol, said: “CoInfo is a well-established and successful distributor, with excellent partnerships within the academic, professional and library markets in Australia, NZ, Fiji and PNG. As part of the Co-op, Australia’s largest provider of educational, professional and learning resources, with over 50 stores at university campuses, CoInfo have an excellent network in this region. We are delighted to be working in closer collaboration with CoInfo, broadening the outreach of Cambridge Scholars Publishing titles and offering greater exposure for our authors.”

CoInfo General Manager, Stephen Mason, added: “At CoInfo we partner with publishers from across the globe to deliver the best content to the Australian and New Zealand academic community. Our new partnership with Cambridge Scholars Publishing allows us to offer our customers high quality academic content from an excellent portfolio in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. We are proud to represent Cambridge Scholars Publishing and look forward to a successful partnership in the future.”

For further information on CoInfo, please click here.

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Book of the Month - October 2014 26 September 2014

Our October Book of the Month is Sound Musicianship – a leading-edge exploration of the general trends that influence musicianship in the twenty-first century, such as an increased reliance on digital media, greater awareness of the neurological basis for musical behaviour, a renewed interest in connections between bodily movements and musical expression, and increased cultural plurality resulting from more frequent travel, increased levels of migration and ubiquitous telecommunications. This book has a deliberate focus on the developmental aspects of musicianship, which will benefit those hoping to advance their own music learning practices or those of others.

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 BOMOCT14 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 2nd November 2014.

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


“This book is a magnificent exploration and meditation on sound musicianship. It is an invitation and challenge to educators to consider what sound musicianship could, and should, be in the 21st century.”

—Pam Burnard, Reader, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge


“Sound Musicianship provides a cutting-edge dissection on the nature and application of musicianship within contemporary musical practice. The line-up of expert authors from many varied backgrounds is simply amazing, as is the rainbow of topics addressed. Each of the contributions challenges readers to update and redefine their conception of musicianship through explanations that are both intellectually enlightening and practically viable. Few publications are able to transform thinking in ways that enhance and impact on future practice. This is definitely one of them!”

—Gary McPherson, Ormond Professor and Director, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music 


“This is an outstanding book that boldly reviews contemporary musicianship from a technical, psychological, physical, cultural and educational perspective. It is not for the faint-hearted.”

—Samuel Leong, Professor and Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and Head of the Department of Cultural and Creative Arts, Hong Kong Institute of Education



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Editorial Advisory Board's Recommended Reads - October 2014 26 September 2014

This October, three of our Editorial Advisory Board members, Professor Mark Lemon, Professor Brian Sturgess and Professor David Weir, have chosen their ‘Recommended Reads’: a handpicked selection of our best-selling titles, which are noteworthy for the contribution they make to their field.

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on the Board’s picks. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABOCT14 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 2nd November 2014.


Professor Mark Lemon’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Human-Environmental Interactions in Cities: Challenges and Opportunities of Urban Land Use Planning and Green Infrastructure

Editors: Nadja Kabisch, Neele Larondelle, Angela Reeve, and Martina Artmann

“The foreword to these conference proceedings recognises that urbanisation is a fundamental global phenomenon, and that cities are complex adaptive systems embedded within even more complex ecosystems. This is of considerable importance when we consider the impacts on ‘colonised’ natural landscapes and the life experiences, and health — physical and mental — of those already within the urban environment, and those migrating to it. There is a great temptation to try and understand urban growth through the lens of social, biological and physical disciplines, and in so doing to lose sight of the emergent and interconnected nature of that change. This book highlights an important and emerging approach to research and planning practice, and is an extensive, contemporary and very useful resource for those wishing to embark upon this multidisciplinary journey.”


Professor Brian Sturgess’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Brian Sturgess is a Consultant to the Islamic Development Bank

Islamic Banking and Finance

Editors: Mondher Bellalah and Omar Masood

“This comprehensive book of readings provides not only an introduction to the rapidly growing field of Islamic finance, but also supplies practical examples of how it has developed in various countries. The editors rightly point out that there is little accurate data on the size and growth of Islamic banking, but with current global estimates of US$1.3 million trillion in Shari’ah compliant assets, the importance of this book needs no justification. The Islamic banking industry, with its emphasis on ethics, asset-backing and risk-sharing, is growing rapidly and attracting both Muslim and non-Muslim clients and participants. Growth creates new challenges, and the editors note that the industry needs to develop instruments that enhance liquidity and transparency in order to avoid in-built systemic problems as it evolves from niche to mainstream.”


Professor David Weir’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Work and the Challenges of Belonging: Migrants in Globalizing Economies

Editors: Mojca Pajnik and Floya Anthias

“Migration and the translocation of skilled and unskilled workers is the iconic process of the global world. The studies in this book range from temporary movements like au pair work, through in-and-back expatriation, to once-in-a-lifetime, permanent relocations into other cultures. The roles of intermediary institutions like social networks and the personal tragedies implied in “not belonging” are described, and the studies illuminate the danger that sources of useful information can mutate into mechanisms (sometimes imprisoning) of social control.”


For further information on Professor Mark Lemon, please click here.

For further information on Professor Brian Sturgess, please click here.

For further information on Professor David Weir, please click here.

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Meet our Authors: Lynn Zubernis - September 2014 10 September 2014

Dr Lynn Zubernis is a Clinical Psychologist and Professor at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. She is also Area Chair for Stardom and Fandom for the Southwest Popular Culture Association and the Associate Editor of The Journal of Fandom Studies

Lynn’s interest in the emerging area of fan studies was ignited by the ground-breaking cult television show ‘Supernatural’ and its equally ground-breaking ‘fandom’. Along with her co-author, Katherine Larsen, Lynn’s close relationships within the fan community allowed an intimate behind-the-scenes examination of fan psychology, passion, motivation, and shame. Lynn and Katherine have now authored a number of books on fandom, two of which have been published under Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Fandom At The Crossroads: Celebration, Shame and Fan/Producer Relationships, and Fan Culture: Theory/Practice. In addition to her work in fandom research, Lynn teaches graduate courses in human development, group dynamics, counselling techniques and theory.


She explains her reasons for choosing to publish with Cambridge Scholars and emphasises our commitment to innovative research:

“As a clinical psychologist, I jumped into the new and exciting world of fan studies research uncertain of whether there was a market for what I wanted to write. Would there be an audience for a book about the psychology of being a fan that didn't come from the perspective of pathology? Finding a publisher was daunting, as the field was new and there were few psychologists writing in fan studies, especially from such a perspective. Cambridge Scholars Publishing took a chance and threw their support behind the project. Cambridge's encouragement and belief in ‘Fandom At The Crossroads’ was invaluable as we finished the research and as the manuscript came together. That support continued in the final stages of preparation, with professional and high quality editing and help with everything from permissions to high resolution photographs. Our cover graphics were a collaboration with an amazing graphics editor; four published books later, it remains my favourite cover ever.

I would highly recommend working with Cambridge Scholars, who are not afraid to take a chance on an exciting new project and are skilled at providing assistance with all phases of the publication process.”


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Lynn’s books published with Cambridge Scholars Publishing. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOASEP14 during checkout.  Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st October 2014.


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