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International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 30 November 2017

This December marks the final month of the United Nations’ designated International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, which was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly both in recognition of the vast potential of the tourism industry and to encourage the expansion of the sector towards sustainability.

The tourism industry accounts for around 10% of the world’s economic activity, and sustainable tourism – defined as “tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities” – takes on increasing importance as the industry continues to grow.

To mark the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on four of our best-selling titles on tourism and sustainability. To find out more about each title, click on the image.

To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code SUSTAINABLE17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 2nd January 2018.

The tourism industry is striving hard to create attractive worlds for its customers. Both as a necessity and as a challenge, this field is overwhelmed by the imagination economy, but raises several questions about tourists, providing opportunities to move deeper into the understanding of complexities involved in relationships among tourists, tourism sites and their historical structure, and environmental sustainability. Contemporary Studies in Environment and Tourism brings together case studies from different parts of the world, focusing on tourism and its interactions with the environment. It provides a general outline of theoretical issues and their practicality in different industrialising countries from both the East and the West. The book will appeal to researchers involved in tourism studies and environmental interactions, as well as academicians and tourism agencies.

Despite some recent studies examining the critical factors of success for rural tourism, there is still a need for a deeper understanding of the rural tourism phenomenon, the nature of the tourism experience and how it could be optimized to the benefit of all, while making the best use of endogenous resources and competences, yielding sustainable destination development. Meeting Challenges for Rural Tourism through Co-Creation of Sustainable Tourist Experiences contributes to the debate, focusing on the tourist experience, here conceptualized as “co-created” between hosts and guests, based on destination-specific elements of “countryside capital” and aiming at sustainability. It contains both conceptual and empirical chapters, with diverse and new perspectives, methodological approaches and cases from several countries.

The economic and sociocultural significance of tourism today cannot be overstated. With the rapid growth of travel and tourism, more and more research is being undertaken in this field, with particular attention paid to the concept of sustainability. Sustainability in Tourism and Regional Development broadens the reach of such studies by providing comprehensive and rigorous examinations of many issues and concepts related to sustainable tourism, with particular attention paid to Slovenia. It considers the area broadly, and presents in-depth discussions on many relevant and important tourism issues. The collection provides a unique and balanced view of both theoretical issues and practical cases and is a valuable reading for students, researchers and professionals in the field of tourism and sustainability.

Tourism has attracted increasing interest from not only scholars with a background in the subject, but also those studying in a number of other fields, given the growing relevance of areas such as psychology, sociology, planning and marketing. As such, Tourism Development brings together twelve chapters addressing various aspects of tourism development, from sustainability and ecotourism to cases of developing alternative tourism products. The contributions are enriched through selected practical case studies from a wide range of countries. The book, systematic in structure and thorough in content, will be useful for people from academic and practical backgrounds seeking to update their current knowledge of tourism development.

To find out more about the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, click here.

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Book of the Month - December 2017 30 November 2017

Our December Book of the Month is A World Beyond Global Disorder: The Courage to Hope, edited by Fred Dallmayr and Edward Demenchonok.

A world which, like ours, has been ravaged by some sixty wars in recent decades, can rightly be described as the scene of global disorder. Even today, the same world is traumatized by hot and cold wars, proxy wars, and repeated outbursts of blood-filled mayhem, not to mention the threat of a nuclear holocaust unleashed by big power rivalries. These are not mere statistics, but wounds in the body of humanity, calling for healing and reconciliation. In biblical terms, human beings are not meant to be the owners or the destroyers of the world, but rather its custodians or caretakers.

This collection is a summons to responsible care-taking, and it approaches the subject from an intercultural perspective in a variety of fields, including religion and politics. The topics covered range from accounts of major global calamities today to explorations of possible political, economic and societal reforms, and to the invocation of basic religious and philosophical resources needed for the recovery of a world beyond global disorder.

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 BOMDEC17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 2nd January 2018.

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

“I am glad to learn about the book. The topic could hardly be more timely and important.”

—Noam Chomsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

“This is an outstanding collection of original essays by distinguished scholars from the East, Middle East, and West. While it moves increasingly towards its theme of hope despite the global disorder of the present, it is anything but saccharine in its approach: It views the disorder, much of it born of serious past malfeasances by state actors, as very real, and it insists, from its title onwards, that transformative hope requires considerable courage under the circumstances.”

—William L. McBride, Immediate Past President, International Federation of Philosophical Societies (FISP)

“The volume analyzes the present system of hegemonic globalization with deep insight and offers much-needed hope for resisting and possibly transforming it. As such, it issues an urgent call both for sober attention and transformative praxis.”

—Joseph Prabhu, Professor of Philosophy and Religion, California State University-Los Angeles, USA

“The superb contributions to this volume illuminate our current global disorder comprehensively and trenchantly, from the spiritual to the material and beyond. They are imperative reading for anyone seeking a truly global understanding of today's global crises and the utter futility of unipolar solutions based on monological reasoning.”

—David B. Ingram, Professor of Philosophy, Loyola University Chicago, USA

“The editors have assembled a collection of top international scholars who analyze why we live in a world of so much violence, domination, and disorder. They propose ways to overcome that disorder and to nurture a sustainable world of greater justice and peace.”

—Douglas Allen, Professor of Philosophy, University of Maine, USA

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Featured Review - Frontiers in American Children’s Literature 30 November 2017

At Cambridge Scholars, we are very proud that many of our authors and their publications are critically acclaimed by eminent scholars in their respective fields. We put our authors at the centre of everything we do, and this month we would like to take this opportunity to highlight a particularly noteworthy review.

This month, we are delighted to showcase Taraneh Matloob Haghanikar’s review of Frontiers in American Children’s Literature, edited by Dorothy Clark and Linda Salem, which was published in International Research in Children's Literature earlier in 2017. Taraneh is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at the University of Northern Iowa, USA, and praised this title as a “masterful collection of critical essays”.

"Frontiers in American Children’s Literature is a remarkable collection of essays culminating in a dialogue on various scholarly strands in children’s literature, highlighting ‘triumph over trauma, transformational borders, and moral vision’ (x). The lucid analysis of different frontiers in children’s literature, as presented by the authors, offers an excellent scaffold for reading about traumatic struggles, violence, brutality and oppression. Each of the chapters propagates tolerance, equality and freedom and suggests a scholarly focus on the sensitive position of the voiceless in children’s literature. A careful and different visioning of what it means to be voiceless seems very appropriate and important for the current cultural and historical moment. [...] This masterful collection of critical essays creates a thorough scholarly landscape and marks a significant contribution to the field of frontiers in American children’s literature, in particular ‘the frontier of race and language’ (1). Frontiers in American Children’s Literature is engaging and enticing not only for children’s literature scholars, but also for anyone who cares for children’s books, multicultural education and issues of diversity."

–Taraneh Matloob Haghanikar, International Research in Children's Literature

To find out more about Frontiers in American Children’s Literature, click here.

We are always very happy to hear from authors with reviews of their titles and have published an ever-increasing number of reviews on our website. Being well-reviewed is a strong selling point for any book, and at Cambridge Scholars we have a number of ways in which we can help authors and editors to this end.

In the first instance, following publication our dedicated Reviews Editor will contact individuals and publications from our wide-ranging list of contacts. We have up to 20 review copies to send directly to any interested scholars or publications as standard. We appreciate that our authors have specialist knowledge in their subject areas, and we always welcome suggestions of potential reviewers both during and after publication.

For more information on the post-publication process, please visit our dedicated Post-Publication page by clicking here or email

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Meet our Authors: Erwin J. Warkentin - November 2017 14 November 2017

Erwin J. Warkentin received his PhD from the University of Alberta in German Language and Literature in 1995, having written his dissertation on the author of Draußen vor der Tür (The Man Outside), Wolfgang Borchert.

It was while conducting research in the Borchert Archives at the University of Hamburg in 1992 that he came across some books in Borchert’s personal library that indicated they were published under license of the Office of Military Government, United States (OMGUS) and the Information Control Division (ICD). This in turn, gave rise to his interest in information control in post-war Germany.

Erwin has since published extensively on post-war German literature and culture, and his book Unpublishable Works: Wolfgang Borchert's Literary Production in Nazi Germany was the first English language biography of Borchert, which has helped to spark a renewal of interest in this important author and playwright.

Since arriving at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, where he is currently an Associate Professor of German and an Associate Professor of Communications, he has broadened his scholarly interests to include propaganda and persuasion

Under Cambridge Scholars, Erwin has authored The History of U.S. Information Control in Post-War Germany: The Past Imperfect, which is not only the first historical overview of the activities of the ICD and the methods they employed, but also offers a unique perspective on how the US occupation utilised academics to vet potential candidates for media licenses in Germany. Here he describes the experience of publishing with Cambridge Scholars:

I chose to publish with Cambridge Scholars Publishing because I had heard from colleagues that the process was thoroughly professional and that the people I would work with would take care to provide the best end product possible. I was not disappointed with their efficiency and everyone I dealt with made the experience as pleasant as possible. The results of the publication of my book, The History of U.S. Information Control in Post-War Germany: The Past Imperfect, have surprised me to some extent. While I expected others to comment on my work, I did not expect the volume of responses and opportunities that I now have to work collaboratively with others from many different disciplines as varied as music, journalism and psychology (to mention just a few), and from a number of different countries. To me, it demonstrated the breadth of reach that Cambridge Scholars Publishing has in academia around the world.

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on The History of U.S. Information Control in Post-War Germany: The Past Imperfect. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOANOV17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th December 2017.

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Meet our Authors: Ali Shehata Abdou Selim - November 2017 14 November 2017

Dr Ali Shehata Abdou Selim is a senior member of staff at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland. He is currently a guest lecturer at Smurfit College, University College Dublin, and Chairperson of the Irish Muslim Board.  Ali also lectures in Arabic at Trinity College, Dublin, having taught Arabic to a number of Irish politicians and members of the business community. He has an extensive background in Islamic and Faith Studies, with a Bachelor’s Degree from Al-Azhar University, Egypt, and an MA and a PhD in Ecumenics from Trinity College Dublin.

As a Muslim spokesperson in Ireland, he has written articles for The Irish Times and Spectrum, and is also the editor of Ar-Resalah magazine. Ali is the official translator for the European Council for Fatwa and Research, and translates their annual final statements. He also recently translated the book The Muslim as a European Citizen in to English.

Ali previously served as the secretary to the Imam at the Islamic Cultural Centre, Dublin, and as the Secretary General of the Irish Council of Imams. This led to his academic career as a Lecturer on Islam and Multiculturalism at the Mater Dei Institute, Dublin.

His publications include The Muslim as a European Citizen (2012) and Muslims and Educational Challenges in Ireland (2014). Ali published The Concept of Coexistence in Islamic Primary Sources: An Analytical Examination with Cambridge Scholars in 2015, and here he explains why he chose to publish with us:

When I received my PhD degree, I thought of turning my thesis “The Concept of Coexistence in Islamic Primary Sources, An Analytical Examination” into a book, as advised by my external examiner. Realising the limited number of publications in my area, I looked into the matter seriously. I contacted a number of academic colleagues and one of them shared with me her wonderful experience with Cambridge Scholars. I took the initiative and made the first contact, and got a prompt but professional response. It was my first and most memorable experience of publication. The communication with everyone at Cambridge Scholars was friendly and efficient. This experience encouraged me to proceed with further publications, the most recent of which are Educational Exclusion: A Fundamental Layer of Social Exclusion and The Islamic Law of Worship.”

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on The Concept of Coexistence in Islamic Primary Sources: An Analytical Examination. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOANOV17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th December 2017.

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