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Editorial Advisory Board Meeting - May 2014 06 June 2014

The Cambridge Scholars Editorial Advisory Board Meeting was hosted at The Groucho Club in London and included an inspirational presentation from our guest speaker, David Worlock. David is a respected thought leader with over 25 years’ experience of digital publishing marketplaces. The founder of Electronic Publishing Services Ltd, a research and consultancy company based in London and New York, he has delivered advisory services for the European Commission, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Cabinet Office, The Department for Education and Skills, the British Library, and the Soros Foundation. In 2013, David received the George Henderson Award for lifetime achievement from the PPA for his work in publishing and information marketplaces. 

David's presentation at the Cambridge Scholars Board meeting was about the future of digital communication in academic publishing, and stimulated a lively debate amongst the members of the Board about the direction in which we will be taking the Press in the forthcoming year. When asked to summarise the essence of his presentation, David said: 

“We now have thirty years’ experience of building digital publishing models in the UK, and over twenty years of internet distribution. This means that no publisher, traditional or otherwise, can avoid the need to be data-ready in order to face the demands of readers and learners whose mode of access is smartphone or tablet, and who think that digital publishing means something much more sophisticated than an eBook version of print.”

The Board Meeting also offered a valuable opportunity for the senior academics who represent the Press to discuss the ways in which we can be more innovative in offering a forward-thinking and author-centric publishing experience. We hope to be launching some new initiatives in the coming months, the first of these being the introduction of several Book Series, exploring topical issues and exciting new areas of research. Please watch this space.

For further information on David Worlock, please click here.

For further information on our Editorial Advisory Board, please click here.



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FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 04 June 2014

This June, the FIFA World Cup gets underway in ‘five-times World Cup winner’ Brazil, which will also play host to the Summer Olympics in 2016. There is no question that the spiritual home of ‘the beautiful game’ is here, but with so much attention (and controversy) being placed on the South American country around these events, the clichés that are represented in the media are still strong: football, carnival, samba and violence. To reach the true cultural complexity of such an enormous country one has to cut through the stereotypes, and look beyond the purpose-built sports venues.

To celebrate the cultural, social and economic diversity of the world’s fifth largest economy, Cambridge Scholars is offering our readers a 50% discount on 3 of our best-selling titles related to South America. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BRAZIL14 during checkout.  Please note that this is a time limited offer that will expire on 6th July 2014.

Cases of Exclusion and Mobilization of Race and Ethnicities in Latin America

Editors: Marc Becker


Twenty-First Century Latin American Narrative and Postmodern Feminism

Editors: Gina Ponce de León


Masks of Identity: Representing and Performing Otherness in Latin America

Editors: Přemysl Mácha, Eloy Gómez-Pellón

 

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Book of the Month - June 2014 04 June 2014

For more than 140 years the United States has consistently been the world’s largest economy, but according to new numbers from a World Bank project (the International Comparison Project), China is poised to overtake the US this year, earlier than expected. With the growing economic and social importance of China in global affairs, our June Book of the Month could not be timelier. Xiangqun Chang’s book ‘Society Building: A China Model of Social Development’ has been receiving wide academic acclaim since its publication last month, as it offers a greater understanding of the social and political structures that underpin China’s economic advance.

The essays in this volume showcase the latest research of non-Chinese scholars relating to China’s social development in a global context. They consider the following topics: the social impact of infrastructure projects; China’s reforms and its changing political system; whether or not the Singapore model is suitable for China to follow; soft power through education; and boundaries, cosmopolitanisms and spaces in Chinese and international cities. The book will be of interest to academics, professionals, practitioners, university students and the general public seeking a comprehensive understanding of China

To find out more about this book, 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 BOMJUN14 during checkout. Please note that this is a time limited offer that will expire on 6th July 2014.

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

“Modernity in China's histories over the last 150 years has been a complex, often painful process. This continues, and aspects of it are looked at in this clear, hybrid and scholarly book. […] This is a timely book, because the notion of a specific China Model was in danger of retreating into rhetoric. These essays show that there is much about the Chinese experience of its reform in the last thirty years that was borrowed, but also much that was due to indigenous innovation. Armed with the detailed frameworks and the information from the essays in this book, we can think about the Model much more profitably, and put into practice one of the great implication of the Reform process when it started in the late 1970s, to make practice the criterion of truth.”

—Professor Kerry Brown, University of Sydney, Australia


“Xiangqun Chang has assembled an excellent team of contributors to discuss the idea of ‘society building’ in China. The term was coined by Sun Yat-Sen in 1917, but it could not be more contemporary – as China wrestles to reconcile the demands of population, resources, democracy and social welfare. This book gives us considerable insights into the alternative visions of social development now being discussed in China.”

—Professor Emeritus Robin Cohen, University of Oxford, UK


“This book tackles one of the most important tasks for social science research in the 21st century, understanding the Great Transformation that is occurring in China. Inspired by the late Professor Lu Xueyi, Society Building probes the many models interpreting and guiding the process of change. I highly recommend the book.”

—Professor Gary Hamilton, University of Washington, USA


“As China’s rapid economic progress fluctuates, with global repercussions, it is becomes imperative that we get a better understanding of the socio/political structures that underpin and interact with this advance. This collection of papers is a valuable addition to this discussion. Contributors explain the various social and economic ‘models’ that China has experimented with, putting them in both historical and comparative perspectives. Highly recommended reading.”

— Professor Emeritus Christopher Howe, SOAS, University of London


“Drawing on the expertise and insights of scholars from eight countries, this book illuminates the meaning of the ‘China model’ and the implications for China’s societal development and political system. The book tackles this significant issue from a variety of interesting angles. It is well worth reading, especially in light of China’s importance in the world.”

— Professor Jonathan Unger, Australian National University


"Lu Xueyi’s name is known for his work in China on building a harmonious society. Fei Xiatong, whose work is the key for Western sociologists to understand China’s Society Building, explains in his chapter Chaxugeju that “Chinese social patterns… lack organizations that transcend individual personal relationships” (From the Soil, 1992:160). As a result, public virtues dedicated to serving organizations could not develop in China. The present collection of essays shows how Lu’s projects were designed to follow Fei’s insight."

— Professor Emeritus Horst J. Helle, University of Munich, Germany

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Editorial Panel's Recommended Reads - June 2014 04 June 2014

This June, our Editorial Panel have chosen 3 ‘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 these best-selling titles. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABJUN14 during checkout. Please note that this is a time limited offer that will expire on 6th July 2014.

Our Editorial Panel’s selection for June includes:

The Communicative Mind: A Linguistic Exploration of Conceptual Integration and Meaning Construction

Author: Line Brandt

“Brandt brings together a remarkably diverse set of methodologies to elucidate the ways in which language depicts conceptualizers and enunciation. This work shows us new and useful directions in analyzing literary texts as complex subjective networks of mental spaces – and challenges psychologists and neuroscientists to tackle cognitive complexities which are at present beyond them.”

– Professor Eve Sweetser, University of California, Berkeley


The Design Collective: An Approach to Practice

Editors: Harriet Edquist and Laurene Vaughan

“The early twenty-first century has seen the death of the ego-centric ‘designer-hero’ and the birth of a new approach to design practice that is rooted in collective values. This book is the first to unpack that exciting form of practice and to evaluate its successes. Focusing on its historical roots, and its links with activism, craft, and curating, among many other things, it will open your eyes to the breadth of possibilities that flow from the idea of the ‘design collective’ and its multiple benefits.”

– Professor Penny Sparke, Kingston University, UK


Rediscovering the Hindu Temple: The Sacred Architecture and Urbanism of India

Authors: Vinayak Bharne and Krupali Krusche

“What this extraordinary book reveals is the power of a new attitude. Instead of looking at the Hindu temple with the eyes of historians or anthropologists, it espouses the mind-set of the technician laying bare the workings of a well-functioning machine. Bharne and Krusche do not use or teach traditional techniques of planning and building for restoration and conservation purposes but more importantly as disciplines to design modern buildings and cities. This study is not only relevant for the sub-continent but contributes importantly to the general re-evaluation of traditional values globally.”

– Leon Krier, Architect and Urbanist

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing New Royalty Scheme 30 April 2014

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is very pleased to announce a new and improved royalty structure, which will allow our authors and editors to share much more generously in the success of the press. Best of all, they can start reaping the rewards from day one!

Over the past couple of years, the issue of book royalty payments has been hotly debated within the book publishing industry and the academic community alike. Increasing numbers of Cambridge Scholars authors have been asking for a more equitable and user-friendly system that acknowledges the smaller volume of sales per title in academic vs. mainstream publishing, and begins rewarding the author from the very first sale.

Cambridge Scholars CEO, Graeme Nicol, said: “We are very excited to be introducing this significant transformation of our royalty structure. Our publishing house is committed to putting our authors at the heart of everything we do, as well as offering innovative solutions that look beyond the traditional confines of the publishing community. This new model will benefit authors and editors from the onset, with a sliding scale of royalties as sales increase. We have thoroughly surveyed the academic publishing marketplace and I am delighted that this model rewards our authors through a more generous and transparent scheme than many of the available alternatives.”

If you are an author/editor and would like to learn more about how this new structure will affect you, or if you are keen to explore publishing opportunities with Cambridge Scholars, please feel free to contact a member of our team: info@cambridgescholars.com

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Editorial Advisory Board's Recommended Reads - May 2014 30 April 2014

This May, three of our Editorial Advisory Board members, Dr Terri Apter, Professor Richard Cogdell and Margaret Exley CBE, 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 EABMAY14 during checkout. Please note that this is a time limited offer that will expire on 3rd June 2014.


Dr Terri Apter’s ‘Recommended Read’:

The Moral Psychology of Terrorism: Implications for Security

Editors: Jalil Roshandel and Nathan Lean

“When Cherie Blair spoke about the hopelessness that drives young people to become suicide bombers, there was such outrage that the then Prime Minister’s wife had to apologise profusely for her offence.  The Moral Psychology of Terrorism: Implications for Security defies the cultural cliché that explanations involve “sympathy for the terrorists”. Jalil Roshandel and Nathan Lean bring together a selection of papers from many disciplines to explore why one individual becomes a terrorist and another does not, and how some political and religious cultures, in some contexts, construct myths and motives for terrorism.  In rebutting the reductive assumption that terrorist acts spring from an evil beyond our understanding, the editors de-mystify terrorism, thereby reducing the risks of escalation and increasing the possibility of effective security.”


Professor Richard Cogdell’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Darwinism and Natural Theology: Evolving Perspectives

Editor: Andrew Robinson

“This book is a collection of essays that arose from a conference on this topic. In many ways, the book echoes a debate that has resonated down the years since Darwin’s ‘Origin of the species’ was first published and recapitulates many of the classic arguments, putting them into an up-to-date context and even dealing with so-called ‘intelligent design’. Evolution powered by natural selection is one of the great pillars on which modern biology is based. It is clear though that this concept is still challenging to Christian theology even when that theology does not believe that everything in the Bible is literally true. For people, like me, interested in this debate, this is an excellent and stimulating read.”


Margaret Exley’s ‘Recommended Read’:

New Directions in Management and Organization Theory

Editor: Jeffrey A. Miles

"I found this both an interesting and diverse overview of the latest theory on management and organization and a very useful single point of reference on new thinking in the field. The papers in the book were all tabled at a conference in 2013, which was deliberately designed to stimulate and pull together the latest theories from the best authors and institutions (including Harvard, LBS, LSE, Cornell, Duke). Theories presented range from micro theories on performance in diverse groups, to the theories of enterprise risk management and financial sociology. Highlights included a paper on how emergent leaders inadvertently create conflict, a fascinating paper on the concept of organisational medicine, and a paper on structuring community engagement to facilitate product development. An excellent resource based on a very helpful intervention."


For further information on Dr. Terri Apter, please click here.

For further information on Professor Richard Cogdell, please click here.

For further information on Margaret Exley CBE, please click here.

 

 

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Cultural Diversity Day 2014 30 April 2014

This May, Cambridge Scholars Publishing is demonstrating the commitment of our press, and many of our authors, to interculturalism by participating in UNESCO’s World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development (21st May 2014).

The importance of culture as a driving force of development, not only in respect of economic growth, but also as a means of leading a more fulfilling intellectual, emotional, moral and spiritual life, is being explored by increasing numbers of Cambridge Scholars authors. As a mainspring for sustainable development for individuals and communities, the acceptance and recognition of this diversity – in particular through innovative use of media– is conducive to dialogue among civilizations, generating respect and mutual understanding.

In the words of Amartya Sen, Nobel Prize winner: "There is an old Bengali saying that knowledge is a very special commodity: the more you give, the more you have. Imparting education not only enlightens the receiver, but also broadens the giver - the teachers, the parents, the friends. We have to make sure that we do not have 'smallness' thrust upon the young. The importance of non-sectarian and non-parochial curricula that expand, rather than reduce, the reach of reason can be hard to exaggerate."

To celebrate the importance of UNESCO’s ‘World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development’, we are offering our readers a generous 50% discount on 3 of our best-selling titles related to the subject. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code DIVERSITY14 during checkout.  Please note that this is a time limited offer that will expire on 3rd June 2014.


Captured by the City: Perspectives in Urban Culture Studies

Editor: Blagovesta M. Momchedjikova


Creating Cultural Synergies: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Interculturality and Interreligiosity

Editor: Birgit Breninger and Thomas Kaltenbacher


Balkans and Islam: Encounter, Transformation, Discontinuity, Continuity

Editor: Ayşe Zişan Furat and Hamit Er

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Book of the Month - May 2014 23 April 2014

Our May Book of the Month is a critically acclaimed analysis of the challenges of modern society. Santiago Sia’s book ‘Society in its Challenges: Philosophical Considerations of Living in Society’, provides a fresh perspective, demonstrating the utility that philosophy can offer in answering some of our biggest social questions, including the power and limits of human freedom, economic crisis and accountability, the role of academia and education, public office and moral society, and the meaning and significance of life.

In her foreword to the book, Mary McAleese, former President of Ireland, states: “I congratulate Santiago on the publication of his latest book…it is a wonderful and generous gift on his part of continuing service to the people and to the spirit, which animates the very best of what it is to be human.”

To find out more about this book, 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 BOMMAY14 during checkout. Please note that this is a time limited offer that will expire on 3rd June 2014.

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


“I have no doubt that Santiago’s book will help provoke the kind of probing discussions we need to be having about how we can live humanly together, draw wisdom from information and experience and not simply accrete knowledge … a very important addition to his impressive corpus of writings and wise scholarship and to our civic discourse.”

—Mary McAleese, Former President of Ireland


“Santiago Sia provides a much-needed antidote to the popular myth that philosophy cannot be of service to our societies. He demonstrates its usefulness to our societies and our dire need for education that develops the ability to analyse and reflect, weigh and assess different options, consider the long and the short term, and ultimately to decide where we want our societies to go on the basis of a considered reflection of who we want to be. The thoughtful and well-written essays will reward anyone interested in our societies and the legacy we will leave to future generations.”

—Sjur Bergan, Head of the Education Department, Directorate of Democratic Citizenship and Participation; Directorate General II Democracy, Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France

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New Distribution Partnership with ISD 02 April 2014

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is very pleased to announce a new partnership with ISD, the scholarly and specialist book distributor based in the USA.

Cambridge Scholars CEO, Graeme Nicol, said “ISD is a well-established and successful distributor, with excellent partnerships with retail and wholesale bookselling channels in North America. They have a distinguished list of international academic publishing partners with whom we share many synergies. We are delighted to be working in closer collaboration with ISD, broadening the outreach of Cambridge Scholars Publishing titles and offering greater exposure for our authors.”

ISD Managing Director, Ian Stevens, added “ISD is delighted to have reached an agreement with Cambridge Scholars Publishing and to be distributing their broad range of scholarly publications into the North American market. We are confident that the joint efforts of Cambridge Scholars and ISD will develop sales in the coming months and years and increase market penetration. Cambridge Scholars has an excellent portfolio of books which are eminently suited to the North American scholarly library market, which is ISD's primary sphere of activity. The partnership is a great match!”

For further information on the Cambridge Scholars titles distributed by ISD, please click here.

  

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Book of the Month - April 2014 02 April 2014

Our April Book of the Month is an innovative study focusing on the work of five contemporary, radical British poets who have embraced a range of shamanic strategies to transform their work. Shamsad Mortuza’s ‘The Figure of the Shaman in Contemporary British Poetry’ identifies historical moments of ruptures, such as the persecution of the Celtic druids by the Romans, the killing of the Welsh bards by Edward I, and the beatnik response to a post-World War world, in order to discuss the poets of British Poetry Revival.

To find out more about this book, 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 BOMAPR14 during checkout. Please note that this is a time limited offer that will expire on May 5th.

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


“Shamsad Mortuza’s book explores contemporary British poetry from an unusual perspective. The idea of shamanism as a ‘sickness vocation,’ whereby the poet gains access to the hidden underside of what makes society function, produces some fascinating results. Mortuza shows how important non-acknowledged realities have been to some of the most interesting and radical contemporary poets, such as Iain Sinclair, Maggie O’Sullivan and Brian Catling.”

– William Rowe, FBA, Professor of Poetics, Birkbeck College


“The spectre haunting European rationality is the shaman, but one equipped with a book of critique rather than a book of spells. This study seeks out the best radical British poets to have embraced a range of shamanic strategies as a route out of modernity in order to re-enter it, transforming themselves and transforming it in their textual practice. It is brave and erudite, the first of its kind.”

– Robert Sheppard, Professor of Poetry and Poetics, Edge Hill University

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