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United States Presidential Election - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 31 October 2016

This month, the United States will go to the polls to decide whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will become the country’s next President. The campaign has been long, expensive and frequently controversial, with most national opinion polls giving Clinton a slender lead, and on Tuesday 8th November the world will be watching to see whether it will be Clinton or Trump who is inaugurated as the next President of one of the world’s most powerful countries.

To mark the US Presidential elections, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on 4 of our best-selling titles in the field of political science. To find out more about each title, click on the image.

What is “soft power”? How can a country acquire and enjoy it? Is it the product of public or private initiatives? How significant is “soft power” in world affairs? The concept of “soft power,” the idea that international success depends not just upon weaponry, force, and military coercion, but also on admiration and respect for a country’s culture and way of life, is winning ever-greater global attention. The essays in Going Soft? The US and China Go Global represent an extended effort to debate and assess the theoretical concept of “soft power” and just what it means and how it works in practice. How, the authors ask, does “soft power” relate to issues of religion, gender, race, and social equality, at home and abroad? What do American elections and political rhetoric do for American “soft power”? Will China succeed in rivalling the United States in power, whether hard, soft, or smart? And how will “soft power” feature in US-China relations, present and future?

How We Are Governed explores interdisciplinary relations between communication and politics. The book deals with questions about governing across many different domains, paying particular attention to communicative practices and technologies. Each chapter focuses on some empirical instance or instances of media–politics and media–democracy relations, on how these have been or are being exercised in shaping the limits of possible action, and on how they are being interrogated and reinvented. Chapters focus on arguments about media regulation; the guardianship of public life; the Leveson Inquiry; Web 2.0 communication in German elections; new media and citizen participation in politics; reality TV and the formation of economic literacy; online participation in the “illiberal democracy” of Singapore; citizenship and market formation in online safety education programs; mining taxes and market populism; and public broadcasting and soft diplomacy.

Geopolitics, both in name, and in its application via geostrategy, is a controversial area of international relations. Although the practice of obtaining resources is as old as Mankind, the word came into its own with the imperial policies of the great powers in the nineteenth century, was used to justify world wars, went into decline, but was ‘taken to America’ and then re-exported to Europe after the last war by the likes of Henry Kissinger. Nowadays, the term is used unconsciously by politicians obsessed with power, often to justify war. The Threat of Geopolitics to International Relations tears apart the simplistic thinking of geopolitics, and proposes its replacement with the authors’ own method of ‘geohistory’, a method based on recognising that at the base of any analysis and evaluation of the international situation lie human characteristics.

Occupy Wall Street, as centred in New York City, received much publicity. Little attention, however, has been granted to the hundreds of Occupy groups in marginal locations whose creative politics were certainly not limited by the influential example of Occupy in Zuccotti Park. What Comes After Occupy? rectifies this oversight, with thirteen essays critically addressing the politics of occupation in places such as Indiana, Oregon, Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Montana, and California. It initiates an interdisciplinary and critical discussion concerned with the importance of the ‘local’ to contemporary politics; the evolution of Occupy Wall Street tactics as they changed to fit differing, non-spectacular contexts; and what worked or did not work politically in various contexts. All of the above is designed to inform and improve that as-of-yet-unnamed movement which will come after Occupy.

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Book of the Month - November 2016 31 October 2016

Our November Book of the Month is Becoming an Anthropologist: A Memoir and a Guide to Anthropology by Gerald Mars, a member of Cambridge Scholars’ Editorial Advisory Board.

Mars’ graphic and often vivid narrative can be read simply as the anecdotal memoirs of an anthropologist. The experiences he recounts are sometimes hilarious, touch occasionally on the dangerous, and are always sensitively and expertly explored. But for those who want to know more, the book’s expansive footnotes and references to key sources also offer a stimulating introduction to social anthropology, its theories and its methods. Mars begins by describing his childhood life in a tightly structured working class community during World War Two. He then contrasts this with an account of the hidden underlife of an entrepreneurial, crime-prone seaside resort, Blackpool, where he worked as a spieler (barker). Two years’ experience of National Service provides an account of the social organisation of the RAF, followed by discussion of aspects of the organisation of Cambridge University. What follows then is a lifetime spent living and working in different cultures around the world. The results are continual insights gained by comparison and contrasts that illuminate aspects not only of other cultures, but, also, of our own.

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

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

“Gerald Mars’ memoir is by turns wickedly funny and anthropologically sophisticated. It is both a rich storehouse of hilarious anecdotes and a close analysis of how social life and the crimes and fiddles it affords have changed over the last century. But in each of its moods, it is a delightful read, which every rookie anthropologist should read, even if they may have—as Mars shows—to break the law to get a copy.”

—Perri 6, Professor in Public Management, Queen Mary University of London

“Growing up in a gossip-regulated street in Manchester and then in a “spiel” incentivised one in Blackpool, before graduating in Workplace Crime Studies during National Service as a storeman in the RAF, Gerry Mars was evidently an accomplished anthropologist long before he found himself at Cambridge University. And, sixty years on, he's still at it!”

—Dr Michael Thompson, Senior Research Scholar, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, Austria

“By tracing his own biographical history from ‘spieling’ on Blackpool’s Golden Mile to Cambridge University scholar and on to a distinguished academic career, Gerry Mars has demonstrated that anthropology itself reaches far beyond the boundaries of a narrow academic discipline. This is because it is always and necessarily rooted in the spaces in which people talk and think about their lives and—in the hands of a skilful and sensitive analyst—reveal their strategies for navigating through the cut and thrust of the social life of the street.”

—Tom Selwyn, Professor of Anthropology of Tourism, The School of Oriental and African Studies, (SOAS), University of London

“Becoming an Anthropologist is one of the best autobiographies I have read for a long time. Gerry Mars is the ‘king of the fiddlers’. He has spent his life studying fiddles and knows just how they work – and which ones are accepted as perks of the job and which ones aren't. But what a life he has led! This is a rip-roaring yarn interspersed with nuggets of anthropology and how he learned to fit his experience into his theories.”

—Andrew Selkirk, Editor-in-chief of Current Publishing and former Vice-President of the Royal Archaeological Institute

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Featured Review: Technolife 2035: How Will Technology Change Our Future? 31 October 2016

This month, we are delighted to showcase a particularly noteworthy review by Vitali Vitaliev. Vitali is Features Editor at E&T Magazine, and has previously worked for newspapers and magazines in Russia, England, Scotland, Australia and Ireland. In his review of Technolife 2035: How Will Technology Change Our Future? by Elina and Kari Hiltunen, he describes their title as “the book like no other.”

"He who predicts the future is lying, even when he is right,' according to an old saying. Courageously, the authors of this extraordinary book – two prominent Finnish futurists – quote this adage themselves in the Introduction. Indeed, this is the book like no other. The Hiltunens have come up with something that was very much needed: a book of futuristic analysis of technological trends which is accessible to almost everyone, not just to scientists and engineers, albeit the latter will undoubtedly enjoy reading it too."

–Vitali Vitaliev, Engineering & Technology

To find out more about Technolife 2035: How Will Technology Change Our Future?, please click here. To read Vitali’s review in full, click here.

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Meet our Authors: Charles Cawley – October 2016 14 October 2016

After a career as in-house counsel with a US multinational, including overseas postings in France, Hong Kong, the US, Malaysia, and Belgium, Charles Cawley retrained as a historian with Oxford University’s Advanced Diploma in Local History.

He has worked primarily as a specialist in medieval history, and is the author of Medieval Lands: a prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families, hosted by the Foundation for Medieval Genealogy at

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Charles has authored Colonies in Conflict: The History of the British Overseas Territories, which “should be of interest to anyone who studies contemporary developments in these territories” according to Dr Peter Clegg, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of the West of England.

Charles explains his reasons for publishing with Cambridge Scholars:

I came to authorship late after a career practising law. I do not belong to an academic institution and have no long history of publications. Other publishers were rejecting my submissions without even reading the manuscript, presumably because of my untypical CV. Cambridge Scholars, by contrast, read my sample chapters and were ready to take the risk. They replied quickly and appointed a single point of contact who coordinated everything. Imposing a strict word count required considerable editing of the manuscript, but as I acted as my own editor I retained complete control of the process and improved the book enormously. Cambridge Scholars made each stage simple, from preparing the final manuscript to proposing a striking book cover. All my contacts with them were helpful and friendly. Best of all, the book was published only five months after submitting my initial proposal.

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Meet our Authors: Muslih Irwani – October 2016 14 October 2016

Muslih Irwani grew up in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and he completed his undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Sociology at Salahaddin University. He received his PhD in Social Policy and Administration from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, in 2014. After previously working as Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Salahaddin University, Irwani is currently Assistant Professor of Sociology and Social Policy in the Department of Public Policy at the American University of Kurdistan in Duhok.

He has published a number of research papers and books in both Kurdish and English, including “Beneficiaries Do Matter: The KRG’s Experience in Implementing Social Security Programme” in Perspectives on Kurdistan's Economy and Society in Transition: Volume II, published by Cambridge Scholars in 2013. Apart from training and teaching, he is highly engaged in research and analysis on KRG’s social policies, and his other research interests cover areas such as social security, socio-economic development, education, political diversities and minorities.

Muslih is the author of Clientelism and Implementing Social Security Programmes in Post-conflict Iraqi Kurdistan Region, which is a revised version of his doctorate research. Dr Tony Fitzpatrick of the University of Nottingham says the book “cuts through many complexities and helps readers not only to understand the past, but to appreciate what is at stake in the future”.

Muslih describes the experience of publishing both a paper in an edited volume and his first English monograph with Cambridge Scholars:

I received a suggestion from Cambridge Scholars to publish my PhD thesis as a book with them back in 2013 while I was drafting when I was studying at the University of Nottingham. I have published many books in Kurdish, but my only experience of publishing in English has been with Cambridge Scholars. I first wrote a chapter entitled ‘Beneficiaries Do Matter: The KRG’s Experience in Implementing Social Security Programme’ in Perspectives on Kurdistan's Economy and Society in Transition: Volume II, published in 2013. During my second experience of publishing Clientelism and Implementing Social Security Programmes in Post-conflict Iraqi Kurdistan Region, I have received nothing but a warm welcome and patience from Cambridge Scholars throughout the process of publication, from drafting to the final formatting and design of the book. After the experience I have had with Cambridge Scholars’ staff in the last four years, I cannot think of other alternative options for my next publication.”

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