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International Women’s Day 2017 - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 28 February 2017

This March, Cambridge Scholars are proud to support International Women’s Day, which this year has #BeBoldForChange as its campaign theme. The World Economic Forum predicts that the gender gap won’t close until 2186 at its current rate, but International Women’s Day can be an important catalyst for driving greater change towards gender parity around the world.

This year the campaign theme of International Women’s Day is #BeBoldForChange. Call on the masses or call on yourself to help forge a better working world - a more gender inclusive world. You can submit your #BeBoldForChange action via the IWD website.

Last year, organizations and individuals around the world supported the #PledgeForParity campaign and committed to help women and girls achieve their ambitions; challenge conscious and unconscious bias; call for gender-balanced leadership; value women and men's contributions equally; and create inclusive flexible cultures. From awareness raising to concrete action, organizations rallied their people to pledge support to help forge gender parity on International Women’s Day (IWD) and beyond.

To mark International Women’s Day, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on 4 of our best-selling titles in the field of Women’s Studies. To find out more about each title, click on the image.

To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code IWD17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 2nd April 2017.

Questions that concern gender and violence against women have been placed firmly on the agenda of interdisciplinary research within the humanities in recent years. Gender-based violence against women has increased exponentially in South Africa and in other countries on the African continent, particularly those with a history of political conflict. A Reflexive Inquiry into Gender Research brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars and scholar-activists to explore new terrains of knowledge production, interrogating the connection between the intellectual project of this kind of research and the process of its production. Overall, this book represents an important combination of scholarly insights, and provides multiple reflections about practical aspects of conducting gender research in the African context. The work of the contributors to the volume is situated within a post-structural feminist agenda, and, collectively, the chapters link scholarship and activism in a way that pursues a social change agenda in research on gender and gender-based violence.

During China’s “socio-economic transition period”, stretching from 1978 to the present day, the nation’s social structure underwent enormous changes, including the situation of Chinese women. Over recent decades, more equalitarian policies have made a great deal of difference, not only to women’s self-identification, but also to their social milieu. However, the female employment rate has gradually declined since the economic reforms began, meaning this period has had a major impact on the social status and conditions of Chinese women. These social transformations and differences between the genders have provided an unusual opportunity for scholars and researchers who are interested in social change. As such, Class and Gender examines the social structure of contemporary China, exploring how resources are distributed among the different social strata, and how these strata have transformed with the economic reforms and development. This title also allows readers to obtain a comprehensive understanding of the current Chinese social structure, and how it has transformed, as well as its influence on gender differentiation.

Daughters of the Nile seeks to highlight Egyptian women that the media have overlooked and ignored. It focuses on a sample of 38 pioneers, ground-breakers, and achievers in nearly all professions. Their successes in Egypt and elsewhere have been recognized and honoured by some of the highest national and international institutions and governments. Forgotten or unknown habits, practices, and historical events occurring in the twentieth century, both in Egypt and other parts of the globe, are also discussed in these stories. The objective of the book is three-pronged. It breaks the monolithic and unflattering stereotype of contemporary Egyptian women as victims, uneducated and uncivilized, dominated by men. The second is to make the world aware of modern Egyptian champions who are improving the quality of life in the societies and broader environments in which they live and work. The third purpose is to provide positive role models for new generations of women in Egypt and beyond, to inspire them to set their goals very high despite the obstacles they may encounter, and show them that the sky is not the limit.

Recent years have witnessed growing scholarly interest in efforts to advance women’s work and in exploring the implicit obstacles to gender equity – such as the “glass floor,” “glass ceiling,” and “glass walls” – that have persisted in most career fields. This interdisciplinary collection contributes to this new field of knowledge by curating scholarly essays and current research on gendered work environments and all the nuanced meanings of “work” in the context of feminism and gender equality. The chapters in Gender and Work represent some of the most outstanding papers presented at the Women and Gender Conference held at the University of South Dakota on April 9–10, 2015. The unifying focus of this collection is on the work-related intersections of gender, race, and class, which are investigated through a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches. Some of the essays provide historical and literary contexts for contemporary issues. Others use social-scientific approaches to identify strategies for making the contemporary Western workplace more humane and inclusive to women and other disadvantaged members of society.

To find out more about International Women’s Day, click here.

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Book of the Month - March 2017 28 February 2017

Our March Book of the Month is Peter Pan and the Mind of J. M. Barrie: An Exploration of Cognition and Consciousness by Rosalind Ridley.

What is Peter Pan all about? Many of us realise that there is a bit more to the stories than a simple fantasy about flying away to a wonderful place in which to play, and that there is something psychologically rather dark about the events in the stories. But J. M. Barrie’s work has not previously been considered from the perspective of either the science of his time, or the insights of modern cognitive psychology.

This book explores the texts of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (1906) and Peter and Wendy (1911), and argues that Barrie describes the limited mental abilities of infants and animals in order to illuminate the structure of human adult cognition. Barrie’s work contains many insights into what is now referred to as mental representation and theory of mind, areas of cognitive psychology that have been examined scientifically only in the last few decades. Barrie also reflects on the nature of consciousness in a way that parallels modern interests.

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 BOMMAR17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 2nd April 2017.

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

“Neuroscientist Rosalind Ridley, of Newnham College in Cambridge, claims in the just-published Peter Pan and the Mind of JM Barrie that the author’s work identifies key stages of child development. [...] In her book, she shows how the narrative of Peter Pan works on different levels. It is a coming-of-age story, a fantasy for children and adults, and the myth of a golden age, but was also invented by the author “essentially for himself in order to explore and perhaps make some sense of his own emotional difficulties, to investigate the interplay of the world of facts and the world of the imagination and to rediscover the heightened experiences of infancy”.”

—Alison Flood, The Guardian (2nd August 2016)

“In recent years, all the ‘Peter Pan’ texts have been subjected to biographical and psychoanalytical interpretations, but in this book Rosalind Ridley’s original contribution is to analyse the texts to demonstrate Barrie’s knowledge and use of scientific ideas. Barrie was acquainted with men of science and the ideas current at the beginning of the twentieth century. His stories of ‘Peter Pan’ are fictive investigations of the nature of consciousness and of the imagination, sometimes anticipating what scientists have later come to realise. Ridley’s book is a delight to read; the examples she gives are compelling and entirely clear to a reader who has not themselves a scientific background. I recommend it whole-heartedly both to lovers of literature and science.”

—Dr Pam Hirsch, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge

“Until recently, my knowledge of J. M. Barrie was limited to vague memories of seeing the pantomime of Peter Pan as a child. In this wonderful book, Rosalind Ridley reveals how much more there is to Barrie and his creation. Her analysis of the various versions of the story that preceded the play reveals that Barrie was extremely knowledgeable about the scientific developments of his time. Furthermore, many of his ideas can be found in scientific accounts of the brain and the mind that did not appear until several decades later. This accessible book not only provides a fresh insight into the mind of Barrie and a novel introduction to current neuropsychology, but also reminds us of the close ties between creativity in science and in literature.”

—Professor Chris Frith FRS FBA, Institute of Philosophy, University of London

“In Peter Pan and the Mind of J M Barrie: An Exploration of Cognition and Consciousness, neuroscientist Dr Rosalind Ridley unpacks the magic and oddity of the tales that have captivated audiences for generations. In doing so through the lens of her own expertise, she reveals that Barrie had an almost uncanny grasp of human cognitive development four to eight decades before psychologists began to work on similar questions about the way we develop thinking and reasoning skills.”

—University of Cambridge website (3rd August 2016)

“Throughout her sensitive and original readings of these two books, Ridley offers asides that go to the heart of current debates about “the hard problem” of consciousness, Turing’s test for whether a computer has intelligence, and whether some avian behavior demonstrates theory of mind.”

—Dr Terri Apter, Newnham College, Cambridge

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British Society of Criminology - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 28 February 2017

This month, Cambridge Scholars are delighted to be partnering with the British Society of Criminology (BSC) as we both mark International Women’s Day on 8th March.

The British Society of Criminology aims to further the interests and knowledge of both academic and professional people who are engaged in any aspect of work or teaching, research or public education about crime, criminal behaviour and the criminal justice systems in the United Kingdom. The Society has been in existence for over 50 years and has a wide-ranging membership based both in the United Kingdom and overseas. Their annual conference will take place this year at Sheffield Hallam University from 4-7 July.

Cambridge Scholars have donated copies of two of our titles for the BSC Members March prize draw this month:

All BSC members are eligible to enter the draw, which closes on 31st March 2017. To enter the draw, please email with ‘Prize Draw – March – Human Trafficking’ or ‘Prize Draw – March – A Zoo of Lusts’ in the subject line.

If you are not yet a BSC member but are interested in becoming one, you can apply by clicking here. Membership includes a personal subscription to the Society’s official journal Criminology & Criminal Justice and, for most categories of membership, subscription to The British Journal of Criminology.

BSC members are also able to purchase copies of Human Trafficking and A Zoo of Lusts… A Harem of Fondled Hatreds through our website with a 20% discount by using the promotional code available on the Members page.

To find out more about the British Society of Criminology and the forthcoming Annual Conference at Sheffield Hallam University, please click here.

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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - March 2017 28 February 2017

This March, our Editorial Advisory Board chair Professor David Weir has chosen his ‘Recommended Read’: one of our best-selling titles, noteworthy for the contribution it makes to its field. David, who is currently Visiting Professor at York St John University, has had an extraordinarily successful academic career which has included leading four university Business Schools and initiating the very first part-time executive MBA in a University business school at Glasgow in the United Kingdom.

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is offering all of our readers a 50% discount on David’s pick. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABMAR17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 2nd April 2017.

Professor David Weir’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Managing Globalization: New Business Models, Strategies and Innovation

Editors: Demestris Vrontis, Stefano Bresciani, Matteo Rossi.

This book presents research and paradigms that transcend classical theory in order to examine how business practice is positively affected by these conditions. Across a multitude of sectors and organisational types, scholars of different business specialisations set the theoretical foundations of contemporary thinking and present their practical implementations.

Arguably ‘globalization’ is a term more often cited or mentioned than it is seriously understood. This collection goes some way towards describing the operational realities of globalization in diverse and complex markets. The book contains evidence-based analyses of the significance of cultural factors and illustrates the tactics used by international organisations to enhance cross-cultural capabilities. Another fascinating chapter applies strategy/structure frameworks to explain performance improvement in the luxury yacht market and concludes with wise advice for both scholars and senior managers. Among several chapters based on Italian experience, one on the innovation capacity of family businesses reflects that “the local network of shared norms and values has become a barrier to local knowledge creation because it constrains interaction rather than leveraging it across geographical boundaries”. This might be an important insight into the possible outcome of Brexit! 

For further information on Professor Weir, please click here.

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Meet our Authors: Frederic Will – February 2017 14 February 2017

Frederic Will is a retired Professor of Comparative Literature from the University of Massachusetts, United States, and is currently Director of Research at the online Humanities University. He has published fifty-six books in subjects as diverse as cultural history, philosophy, poetry, translation, fiction, and travel narrative, and is currently completing a new sequence of six interrelated volumes for Cambridge Scholars on the character of everyday existence.

Frederic has received a half dozen Fulbright Grants from the United States Government and has been the recipient of fellowships from the Bollingen Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies. He has also received multi-year support from the National Endowment for the Humanities for his journal of world poetry in translation, Micromegas. He was a founding editor, with William Arrowsmith, Donald Carne-Ross, and John Sullivan, of the ground-breaking Journal of Classical Culture, Arion.

His poetry has received praise in the United Kingdom, where the Times Literary Supplement has written of his poetic work as “accomplished and insightful” and of his criticism as “brilliant”.  His lifetime literary papers are collected in the Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas, United States.

As a returning author with Cambridge Scholars, Frederic explains his reasons for publishing a number of titles with us:

Upon retirement, I had written over fifty books, of criticism, fiction, labour, sociology, poetry and cultural history, but after a friend drew my attention to Cambridge Scholars I have discovered in them a publishing pathway uniquely congenial to – as I feel I now have to class myself – a later-in-life professional writer. Since 2011, I have published six books with Cambridge Scholars, which feel to me like essential statements of what I think and understand. These are all books about feeling, self-identity, the relation of life to writing about life, the temporal elements of the everyday, and life’s endgames and how to formulate them. These are themes I have waited to know how to name, and in naming them I have been hugely boosted by the courtesy, responsiveness, and professionalism of Cambridge Scholars. As I survey Cambridge Scholars’ list of titles, I have to think that I am a lucky member of a far flung community of writer-thinkers, whose diversity is driving a new dimension right through the heart of what we tiresomely call scholarship. The world as consciousness is enlarged by publishing efforts of the calibre of Cambridge Scholars.

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on The Modernist Impulse and a Contemporary Opus: Replaced by Writing as well as a 20% discount on all other titles in Frederic’s series Inside Selfhood And History. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAFEB17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th March 2017.

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Meet our Authors: Dileep Edara – February 2017 14 February 2017

Dr Dileep Edara currently teaches at Dravidian University, Andhra Pradesh, India, as an Assistant Professor of English. The areas of his teaching and research interests include literary theory in general and Marxist literary theories in particular. After receiving a diploma in mechanical engineering with distinction, he began to feel that the subject was too mechanical for him, and switched over to the humanities. Later on, he received a BA in philosophy, economics, and politics, and then an MA in English literature from Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur, India.

Having cleared the UGC NET in 2003, he obtained his PhD in 2012, from the Department of English, Hyderabad Central University, Andhra Pradesh, India, for his research on the concepts of base and superstructure in the Marxist theory. In the Department of English, his thesis was awarded the Meenkshi Mukherjee Prize, for the year 2012-13. So far, he has published two books, six articles, and presented more than thirty papers in various national and international seminars.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, he has authored Biography of a Blunder: Base and Superstructure in Marx and Later, which is based on his PhD thesis and proposes a radical departure from the predominant understanding of Marx’s base and superstructure thesis.

Dileep describes the experience of publishing with Cambridge Scholars:

From the initial submission of my proposal to the final publication of the book, I found the people at Cambridge Scholars Publishing supportive and consistently encouraging. It is a pleasure to work with them and I would love to submit my next publication proposal to them. They have given me the opportunity to edit my own text, and they have been flexible when giving me the time to do so. They took my concerns into account in each aspect of the publication process and brought out the book in an elegant manner. I thank all the people at Cambridge Scholars Publishing for this memorable experience.”

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Biography of a Blunder: Base and Superstructure in Marx and Later. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAFEB17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th March 2017.

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