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Meet our Authors: Gerald Mars - October 2015

Gerald Mars is Honorary Professor of Anthropology at University College, London, Visiting Professor of Organisational Ethnography at University Campus Suffolk, and an Editorial Advisory Board member of Cambridge Scholars Publishing. As an applied social anthropologist, he works across disciplines to understand the nature and problems of modern industrial society, including criminology; workplace crime and sabotage; food studies; occupations; tourism; industrial relations; the Soviet Union's black economy; and risk and accidents.

He has worked as a consultant for Unilever, British Rail, British Airways, the MOD, the Royal College of Nursing, BT, and the Nigerian Institute of Management, among others. Gerald has served as Nuffield Research Fellow at the Cambridge Institute of Criminology and as Senior Research Associate of St Antony's College, Oxford, and has held Visiting Professorships at Brunel, Hong Kong, Cranfield School of Management, London Metropolitan University, the Northumbria Business School, and Bradford University. He also worked as a part-time consultant at the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations for 17 years.

Gerald has published 11 books and over 70 academic papers. He is Joint General Editor of the International Library of Criminology, Criminal Justice & Penology (which has over 65 published volumes), and was General Editor of the International Library of Anthropology. His previous publications include Locating Deviance: Crime, Change and Organisations (Ashgate, 2013). In 2003, he was awarded the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Lucy Mair Medal for Applied Anthropology “to honour consistent excellence in applied anthropology."


Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Gerald has authored Becoming an Anthropologist: A Memoir and a Guide to Anthropology, described by Professor Perri 6 of Queen Mary University of London as a memoir that is “by turns wickedly funny and anthropologically sophisticated”, and has another manuscript on the way. He describes the experience of publishing with Cambridge Scholars:

“The relationship of author to publisher seems to be structurally fraught. That was my experience with five different publishersand my being just a bit prickly to start with! This is why my experience of Cambridge Scholars stands out as markedly different from any previous involvements with publishers. Acting without an agent throws onus on an author to negotiate direct with their publisher or to blankly accept what is offered. I found Cambridge Scholars staff, on the contrary, ready to discuss, think about, and occasionally amend terms when I raised them.

They carefully explained their standpoints and sometimes offered alternatives when they couldn't. And they always did sowithout exceptionwith goodwill and patience, even though I have an admitted liability to be a pest. I dealt with Cambridge Scholars staff from the top down and found everyone to be helpful and a pleasure to deal with. I had so often received blank refusals to discuss anything that ran counter to publishers’ normal practice. Cambridge Scholars in short take their authors seriouslyin my experience, a rarity in publishing.


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Becoming an Anthropologist: A Memoir and a Guide to Anthropology. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAOCT15 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 16th November 2015.



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