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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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