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International Green Week - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 22 December 2015

This January, we are pleased to support International Green Week, the world’s largest consumer show for agriculture, food and horticulture. It takes place from 15th-24th January, and key international players from the industrial, political and scientific sectors will come together in Berlin to take part.

Established in 1926, International Green Week is taking place for the 81st time in 2016. It is a one-of-a-kind international exhibition for the food, agricultural and horticultural industries, and is the point of origin for the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture with more than 70 departmental ministers.

Producers from all over the world come to International Green Week to test market food and luxury items and reinforce their brand image. Following consumer trends, regional sourcing plays an increasingly important role. Renewable resources, organic agricultural, rural development and gardening continue to gain importance at International Green Week.

To mark International Green Week, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on 3 of our best-selling titles on agriculture, food and rural development. To find out more about each title, click on the image.

This book focuses on clarifying the challenges, issues, and priorities of Agricultural Education and Training (AET) in sub-Saharan Africa, and provides suggestions for practical solutions that can help guide organisations interested in furthering AET for agricultural development on the continent. It discusses the African context within which a transformed AET system needs to be located; analyses African and international experiences that are relevant to identified AET needs and challenges; dissects AET models that may hold important lessons; and addresses the main critical issues that will impact upon AET in sub-Saharan Africa. The book is uniquely positioned to add to a call to action on AET, to pull together state-of-the-art knowledge from within and outside sub-Saharan Africa, and to advance “out of the box” thinking about the principles, values and character of AET for development, with an emphasis on the models that can help to cultivate leaders and change-makers at all levels of the agricultural sector.

In India, competition for water, land, human, and financial resources, and the suitability of the existing institutional system in ensuring food security require the attention of both policy makers and planners. The balancing of the expectations of farmers in the markets, for want of better prices, with the national objective of food security is imperative. This necessitates public investment in agriculture, including seed supply, soil health initiatives, and pest control. The institutional challenges in ensuring food security in India are currently under-explored, with more discussion on entitlements and rights, in relation to food security, but less attention on the public institutions that are likely to play a critical role. Public institutions, through the use of policies, schemes and programmes, need to address the issues which impinge on the ecological foundation of food security, while the governance architecture related to this has to integrate the public distribution system properly. This book addresses these challenges and offers insights into what changes need to be made to ensure food security in India.

Food and eating has always been endowed with meanings. It is one of the most visible and important symbols of identity and difference, uniting the members of a community and segregating them from other communities. This inclusion and exclusion can be observed not only in what they eat or what they are known to eat, but also how they eat, how they prepare and serve their food, and what happens after food is taken. The study of food politics and questions of identity and difference can, therefore, be a means of understanding the underlying social relations in any culture and its quiescent philosophy. This ethnographic work discusses the politics inherent in food among the Garos of Assam (India) and Bangladesh. In these two areas, they live as a minority, and with and in the peripheries of a dominant non-Garo culture. Thus, this book examines the ways in which Garos conceptualize themselves and the ‘other’ world through the microcosm of food – the most important need of all. It discusses, among other topics, how the concepts of Garo food versus non-Garo food find fruition in social reality and collective memory, as an identity marker.

To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code GREEN16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st February 2016.

To find out more about International Green Week, please click here to view their website or watch the video by clicking here.

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Book of the Month - January 2016 22 December 2015

Our January Book of the Month is Post-Apartheid Dance: Many Bodies Many Voices Many Stories, edited by Sharon Friedman.

The intention of this work is to present perspectives on post-apartheid dance in South Africa by South African authors. Beginning with an historical context for dance in South Africa, the book moves on to reflect the multiplicity of bodies, voices and stories suggested by the title. Given the diversity of conflicting realities experienced by artists in this country, contentious issues have deliberately been juxtaposed in an attempt to draw attention to the complexity of dancing on the ashes of apartheid. Although the focus is dance since 1994, all chapters are rooted in an historical analysis and offer a view of the field. This book is ground breaking as it is the first of its kind to speak of contemporary dance in South Africa and the first singular body of work to have emerged in any book form that attempts to provide a cohesive account of the range of voices within dance in post-apartheid South Africa. The book is scholarly in nature and has wide applications for colleges and universities, without alienating dance lovers or minds curious about dance in Africa. Mindful of its wide audience, the writing deliberately adopts an uncomplicated, reader-friendly tone, given the diversity of audiences including dance students, dance scholars, critics and general dance lovers that it will attract.

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 BOMJAN16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st February 2016.

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

“Post-Apartheid Dance: Many Bodies Many Voices Many Stories is the first – and long overdue – volume to grapple with the legacies of apartheid in dance. The voices gathered by editor Sharon Friedman address a multitude of issues – from the contentious identity embedded in the word ‘African’ to questions of aesthetic choice, the role of the European exotic gaze, the assimilation of Euro-American forms, and the goal of social transformation. With essays by nearly a dozen representatives of today’s South African dance world, this exciting volume celebrates the diversity of that world while spotlighting its continuing quest for full artistic enfranchisement.”

—Lynn Garafola, Professor of Dance, Barnard College, New York, USA

“Post-Apartheid Dance: Many Bodies Many Voices Many Stories offers an excellent navigation of the complex landscape of dance in South Africa. These essays provide an invaluable contribution to dance studies, juxtaposing embodied experiences with critical reflections, which shift perspectives of dance practices in a global context.”

—Christy Adair, Professor of Dance, York St John University, UK

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New Delhi World Book Fair 22 December 2015

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is delighted to be exhibiting at the New Delhi World Book Fair from 9-17th January. We are always eager to meet existing authors and welcome new scholars on board, so please do come and meet our representatives at stand number 197, Hall 6 at Pragati Maidan.

We have been actively attending and sponsoring many conferences and book fairs around the world for some years, and we will be continuing to do so in 2016 as part of our plans to increase our visibility at events with a broad, international appeal. Our attendance at the New Delhi World Book Fair provides an opportunity for us to showcase a range of books from our wide back catalogue by our international network of authors.

Since many of our authors and readers are based in India, our partnership with Sara Books ensures that Cambridge Scholars titles are effectively marketed and distributed in an increasingly buoyant market.

New Delhi World Book Fair is the oldest book fair in India, held for the past 41 years, and is now a major calendar event in the publishing world. This year it is scheduled from 9-17th January at the centrally located Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The Fair is organised by National Book Trust, India, an apex body of the Government of India, and attracts participation from major publishing houses of the globe.

Please visit our partners Sara Books at stand number 197, Hall 6 to view a range of our titles as well as literature pertaining to Cambridge Scholars’ wider activities and recent publications.

For further information about the New Delhi World Book Fair, please click here, or to contact our marketing team about promoting your title at a conference or other event this year please email

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Cambridge Scholars Expands Global Outreach with New Malaysian & Iberian Partnerships 22 December 2015

2016 promises to be an exciting year for Cambridge Scholars as we endeavour to build on our existing distribution partnerships as well as branch out into new markets to provide the widest possible outreach for our publications.

At Cambridge Scholars we put our authors at the centre of everything we do, and establishing worldwide distribution partnerships and sales opportunities is a key component of the post-publication process.

Although we already market our publications around the world in order to provide for both our international author base and global readership, we are continually looking for further opportunities to reach into new markets and increase the circulation of our publications.

We are therefore very pleased to mark the start of 2016 with two new partnerships: Yuha Associates and Iberian Book Services. Yuha Associates are a book supplier based in Shah Alam, and we are delighted that they have become our preferred supplier in the Malaysian market.

Iberian Book Services are Spanish-based representatives for both trade and academic publishers, and will provide importing stockists in Spain, Portugal and Gibraltar with notifications of new titles and facilitate orders through the peninsula.

These new collaborations with well-established specialists will help us to further our position in key markets. We are always aiming to expand our reach in all areas of the globe to provide our publications with the maximum level of exposure – watch this space for further developments this year.

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Meet our Authors: Patsy J. Daniels – December 2015 14 December 2015

Dr Patsy J. Daniels (PhD, Indiana University of Pennsylvania) has recently retired as Professor of English from Jackson State University. Her publications include two authored books and two edited collections. The Voice of the Oppressed in the Language of the Oppressor (Routledge, 2001) discusses the postcolonial nature of twelve authors from three continents (William Butler Yeats, James Joyce, Joseph Conrad, Chinua Achebe, Ana Castillo, Sandra Cisneros, Amy Tan, Maxine Hong Kingston, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Louise Erdrich, and Leslie Marmon Silko), and shows the connections between their works, while Understanding American Fiction as Postcolonial Literature (Edwin Mellen, 2011) traces the postcolonial roots of American literature.

Patsy has edited two collections with Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Constructing the Literary Self: Race and Gender in Twentieth-Century Literature, which has been described as “a huge critical feast” by Professor Warren J. Carson of the University of Carolina Upstate, and The Power of the Word: The Sacred and the Profane.

She has also published articles in scholarly journals on Yeats, Joyce, Emily Dickinson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Katherine Anne Porter, and the globalization of the humanities, and, from 2008 to 2014, she served as editor of The Researcher: An Interdisciplinary Journal, a scholarly journal based at Jackson State University.

Patsy explains the ease with which her manuscript developed from proposal to publication, and the reasons why she returned to publish a second title with Cambridge Scholars:

Cambridge Scholars Publishing was the third publisher I had worked with to publish my work, so I had already formed an idea of what publishing a book would be like. Everyone in the organisation made it easy for me to publish my third book, and subsequently my fourth. My acquaintance with Cambridge Scholars began when I chaired a session on Race and Gender at the South Central Modern Language Association conference. Cambridge Scholars was interested in publishing papers on that subject; I was willing to put out a call for papers to my colleagues, who responded with a dozen essays on various aspects of the topic. Cambridge Scholars made it very easy for me to prepare my manuscript; their guidelines and requirements are on their website. In addition, I was in touch with an Associate Editor who answered all of my questions and oversaw the whole project. During the typesetting phase, I also corresponded with the typesetter. Later, I was contacted by the marketing department.

All of those with whom I corresponded were very professional in their work and friendly in their manner, putting me at ease immediately. The dust jacket design came from a Cambridge Scholars artist, and I was asked to approve it. The printing was accomplished in a timely manner. The finished product was impressive: both the print job itself and the binding job were of excellent quality. Naturally, when I had an idea for another edited book, I contacted Cambridge Scholars and sent them a proposal. My proposal was approved, and the same procedures were put into place. Again, all of the personnel that I dealt with were professional, friendly, and helpful. This next volume was put together without a hitch, and the finished product was, again, excellent. I have already recommended Cambridge Scholars Publishing to several of my colleagues as an organisation which takes academic publishing seriously and makes it uncomplicated for scholars to publish their work, and I am happy to recommend this company again.

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on The Power of the Word: The Sacred and the Profane. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOADEC15 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th January 2016.

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Meet our Authors: Fausto Buttà – December 2015 14 December 2015

Fausto Buttà is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia. Over the last decade, Fausto has researched the history of Milanese and Italian anarchist movements, and has written articles on this topic for Italian and Australian journals and magazines. Fausto has also investigated the history of the Italian anti-Fascist resistance and other contemporary social justice movements from a human rights perspective, in addition to having provided several lectures and courses in Perth on these and other aspects of Italian history.

He has previously worked as a history lecturer and language instructor at the University of Western Australia, Curtin University of Technology, UWA Extension and MALA Inc. He now teaches Italian language and contemporary history at the University of Western Australia, where his current research focuses on football and Italian migration in Australia.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Fausto has authored Living Like Nomads: The Milanese Anarchist Movement Before Fascism. This is his first book, and Fausto explains why he chose to publish it with Cambridge Scholars:

Publishing one’s first monograph can turn into a long and stressful journey for any junior scholar who works to establish a professional career. In my experience, the decision to approach Cambridge Scholars Publishing turned out to be excellent, as I was extremely satisfied with both the publishing process and the final outcome. I chose Cambridge Scholars because it offers an extensive and comprehensive list of academic books, which demonstrates, in my opinion, an open-minded approach to established fields of studies, as well as to new areas of research. I found all Cambridge Scholars staff very respectful and professional, their answers to my queries were always swift and helpful, and their professional manners assisted in making the overall publishing process a straightforward and rewarding experience. The final result is an excellent quality product, and for this I am grateful to Cambridge Scholars. I warmly recommend Cambridge Scholars to those junior scholars who wish to publish their academic works not only to a high standard, but also in an uncomplicated way.”

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Living Like Nomads: The Milanese Anarchist Movement Before Fascism. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOADEC15 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th January 2016.

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