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European Union Referendum - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 27 May 2016

On 23rd June, the United Kingdom will settle a question that has been at the centre of much recent political debate as the country votes either to remain in or to leave the European Union. The vote will undoubtedly impact issues such as trade, investment, immigration and jobs, and major figures including US president Barack Obama have voiced their opinions on the choice facing the British public.

With the backdrop of the impending referendum, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on 3 of our best-selling titles on the European Union and the challenges facing it, including Euroscepticism. To find out more about each title, click on the image.

European Multiplicity does not conform to the expectations of a narrow EU studies agenda wherein European integration is seen as the destiny for the continent, each country (including non-members) being compelled to seek a place in an unfolding order “united in diversity”. Rather, the book demonstrates the benefits of an agenda shift, away from an overriding concern with integration towards a consideration of the possibility that a singular ‘Europe’ may not exist and that the multiplicity of Europe is all around us. Multiplicity is evident both in cases where official EU policy exists and in areas which are central to European life more generally (multiculturalism, multilingualism, the public sphere, Euroscepticism). Moreover, it confronts the tendency to see Europe in terms of binaries, such as East/West, old/new, North/South, core/periphery, Christian/Muslim, EU members/non-members, and top-down/bottom-up. A core feature of this book is the establishment of the viability of an approach to studying Europe which does not rely on the binaries upon which thinking about identity is all-too-often based.

The European Union and the Challenges of the New Global Context investigates the new challenges confronted by the EU as an international actor within the context of recent economic and political developments, with particular attention to common foreign and security policies; the appraisal of development-aid policies; EU sanctions in the post-Soviet space, as harder instruments complementing the toolbox of the EU “soft power” polity; preferential trade agreements as a key element of EU external trade policy; external relations of the EU; international aspects of the monetary policy of the ECB in the context of the financial and sovereign debt crisis; massive capital flows and the boom-bust cycle in the emerging Europe; and the macroeconomic modelling of the relationship between the EU and the rest of the world. Thoroughly up-to-date, the contributions to this volume offer analyses of recent, tense global events, including EU responses to the uprising in Arab countries and the Ukrainian conflict. The book concludes with the proposal of a unique macroeconomic model in which the EU is conceptualised as constituting a block “against” the rest of the world, but also a two country model in itself, made up of Eurozone and non-Eurozone members.

United by or Against Euroscepticism sheds light on the future of the European Union in a critical context marked by what appears to be a “never-ending” crisis of leadership and legitimacy. Will anti-European views and their corollary, such as Euro-populism, Euro-denial, and Euro-cynicisms along with all types of nationalisms, crush or further consolidate the European project? The volume offers detailed analyses of various dimensions of Euroscepticism in the context of the greatest economic crisis in the history of the EU. Divided into four sections, the first brings together general theoretical and empirical perspectives on Euroscepticism, building on existing studies. The second section focuses on the effects of the current economic crisis on Eurosceptic attitudes, while the third explores the marginal impact of Euroscepticism by analysing this phenomenon in countries that have recently joined the EU, such as Romania, and others in which membership is a debated issue and which may use the former’s experience as a model, such as Turkey or Ukraine. Finally, the concluding part discusses the consequences of Euroscepticism for the unity of Europe and the global role and relevance of the EU.

To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code REFERENDUM16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st July 2016.

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Book of the Month - June 2016 27 May 2016

Our June Book of the Month is Reconstructing Trauma and Meaning: Life Narratives of Survivors of Political Violence during Apartheid in South Africa by Ileana Carmen Rogobete.

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 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 BOMJUN16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st July 2016.

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

“This is an impressive piece of work. The author shows that she mastered the various discourses that infuse and inflect her task, and has presented them largely, elegantly and precisely. She has indeed given voice to her subjects. She has made good use of a broad-ranging scholarship. I would see this study as a telling addition to the psychology-influenced post-apartheid literature, bringing with it a breadth and sophistication lacking in some of that literature.”

—Derek Summerfield, Principal Psychiatrist, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London

“Triggered by her personal experience under the totalitarian communist regime of Romania, Ileana Rogobete’s illuminating work on reconstructing meaning after political trauma in post-apartheid South Africa is not only an academically enriching project, but a personal engagement with the dilemmas involved in any healing process. Having written myself extensively on history, justice, and remembrance, I recommend her work most strongly to anyone interested in understanding the complexity of human existence in the aftermath of immensely violent times.”

—Vladimir Tismaneanu, Professor of Politics, University of Maryland (College Park)

“This book is about those who suffered most in the apartheid years. It exposes us to a level of trauma that stays with victims and survivors—often ignored in the rush to promote nation-building and reconciliation in what is too easily referred to as a ‘post conflict’ society. Ileana Rogobete’s thoughtful work includes lessons for societies across the globe.”

—Charles Villa-Vicencio, Former National Research Director in the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission; Visiting Professor in the Conflict Resolution Progam, Georgetown University, Washington DC

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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - June 2016 27 May 2016

This June, our Editorial Advisory Board member Professor Chrissie Harrington has chosen her ‘Recommended Read’: one of our best-selling titles, noteworthy for the contribution it makes to its field. An arts education consultant, Chrissie’s expertise lies in the area of education, the arts and performance, and she has previously been Head of School of Arts and Humanities at University Campus Suffolk.

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Chrissie’s pick. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABJUN16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st July 2016.

Professor Chrissie Harrington’s ‘Recommended Read’:

"What is to be Done?": Cultural Leadership and Public Engagement in Art and Design Education

Editors: Steve Swindells and Anna Powell.

Public engagement is high on the policy agendas of university funders, Vice Chancellors, policy makers, and in the wider cultural and public sphere. This book introduces the reader to the different meanings and motivations that underpin this current trend, and will be of interest to postgraduate students and those working in Higher Education and the cultural industries, particularly in the museums and galleries sector.

The contents of this book are accessible and thought provoking, providing a range of discourses between the art and design education, cultural leadership and public engagement, and the broader contexts that define their potential inter-relationship. Texts also reveal that, too often, there is a lack of acceptance and/or awareness of the potential role that art and design education has to play in the development of the cultural agenda. Examples of practices provide an insight into some of the lost opportunities or obstacles that have hindered progress so far. In particular, the dominant evidence-based model that frequently drives practices and opinions, not least within the field of academic research, is highlighted as problematic and potentially obstructive.  The prescribed ‘cultural impact’ measurement tools suggest a lack of regard or understanding of the qualities, characteristics and immeasurable features of art and design education per se in the development of cultural leadership skills and sensibilities, as well as in increased public engagement. Texts probe, argue, reflect and explain “where we are”, and subsequently ask, “what is to be done?” The answer given here lies in the necessity for transparency, dissemination and sharing of research practices – thus articulating a future for the cultural agenda informed by the exciting possibilities offered by art and design education.” 

For further information on Professor Harrington, please click here.

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Meet our Authors: Elisa Grimi – May 2016 13 May 2016

Elisa Grimi, after receiving her PhD in Philosophy and Doctor Europaeus from Università degli Studi in Genoa, Italy, is currently a Post-doctoral fellow in philosophy at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, and Researcher at the Campostrini Foundation in Verona. She has studied and worked at various universities throughout the world, in countries including Austria, Germany, England, France and the United States.

Elisa is Executive Director of the European Society for Moral Philosophy, the editor-in-chief of the international journal Philosophical News and Project Manager of On 30th May, 2014, she received the Paolo Michele Erede Foundation First Prize with a work on ‘Politics and Network’.

She is the author of numerous publications, including her first Italian monograph G.E.M. Anscombe: The Dragon Lady (2014), the collected volume Tradition as the Future of Innovation (2015) and is co-author with Rémi Brague of Contro il cristianismo e l’umanismo. Il perdono dell’Occidente (2016).

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Elisa has edited Tradition as the Future of Innovation, and she describes the approach to publishing as being “highly scientific and methodological”:

I have published 'Tradition as the Future of Innovation' with Cambridge Scholars Publishing, and my collaboration with this publishing house has been excellent. This philosophical book is the first of its kind on this theme, and the publishers have given it maximum visibility. Cambridge Scholars publish a lot of series specialising in different subject areas, and one is therefore provided with the opportunity to work with a publisher that continually produces new material across a wide range of topics, pertinent to one’s own area of research interest.

Working with them has been great, and they were very punctual in the editing and distribution processes. Any problems that presented themselves during the editing phase were resolved straight away and their attention to all the contributors who participated in the book was superb. I would recommend Cambridge Scholars to anyone who is looking for a highly scientific and methodological approach combined with editorial and distributional efficiency.

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Tradition as the Future of Innovation. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAMAY16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 14th June 2016.

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Meet our Authors: Matthew Hall – May 2016 13 May 2016

Matthew Hall holds a PhD from the University of Western Australia and presently teaches in Melbourne, where he lives with his family. He has published extensively on British late-modern poetry and poetics, including on The English Intelligencer, J.H. Prynne and Andrea Brady. At present he is undertaking a research project on Lionel Fogarty, Australia’s preeminent Indigenous poet. His latest poetry collections include Royal Jelly (2012), Hyaline (2013) and False Fruits (2016). He is the Feature and Scholarly Editor at Cordite Poetry Review.

With Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Matthew authored his first monograph, On Violence in the Work of J.H. Prynne, which was hailed as a foundational study into British late-modernism and a crucial pathway into J.H. Prynne’s poetry—full of new insights, new inventions, and new critical understandings.

Matthew explains his reasons for publishing with Cambridge Scholars Publishing:

I have a number of colleagues that published monographs or edited collections with Cambridge Scholars Publishing, and after talking with an editor about my project I took them up on the opportunity to publish with them.

I found the organisation to be greatly supportive of early career researchers, nurturing in their commitments and open to establishing long-term relationships with scholars. The Marketing and Visual Departments were incredibly supportive of my involvement and offered a tremendous amount in return. The quality of the book is exceptional and the team was always accessible, responsive, and dynamic in every engagement with them.”

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on On Violence in the Work of J.H. Prynne. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAMAY16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 14th June 2016.

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