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World Environment Day 2018 - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 31 May 2018

On the 5th of June, Cambridge Scholars Publishing will be marking this years’ World Environment Day. This day provides us with an opportunity to reflect on, and improve on, the ways that we care for and protect the environment. Given widespread evidence that we are now living in the Anthropocene, an era in which our planet’s atmospheric, geological, and life-sustaining systems are being profoundly altered by humankind, it is ever-more urgent that we think collectively about how to lessen our impact on the world around us.

The challenges highlighted by World Environment Day are interdisciplinary in nature, requiring collaboration between scholars in various different fields. At Cambridge Scholars we are proud to be contributing to these challenges by publishing high quality work sitting at the intersection of the social, physical, health, and life sciences. We are offering readers a 50% discount on four of our most important recent titles that speak to these themes.

To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code ENVIRONMENT18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st July 2018.

With the global adoption of the “green revolution” in the 1970s; the long historical legacy of agriculture’s boom and bust cycle seemed – finally – to be put on hold. However, now, man-made climate change poses a new and immediate crisis – from Syria to South Sudan – how do we feed the 10 billion people likely to inhabit the planet by 2050? How do we continue to feed, sustainably, the 7.5 billion of us that are already here? How do we do so in a climate that is becoming increasing hostile to food security?  Agriculture, Climate Change and Food Security in the 21st Century Our Daily Bread explores the history of agriculture, and the threat that climate change imposes for all aspects of our “daily bread”. While these challenges are severe and significant, it argues that we are not without hope, and offers a wide range of solutions, from polyculture farming to feminism that can, when applied, lead to a better future for humankind.

Environmental problems of pollution and degradation are a major source of concern globally. At all levels, efforts are being made to protect and preserve the environment from further deterioration. Measures are being taken at international, national and regional levels by governments and organisations to spread the awareness and concern for the environment and ecosystem. Research has indicated that humans must be guided by values, beliefs, and individual motivating factors if attitudes are to be converted in actual behaviour. Environmental Attitudes and Awareness: A Psychosocial Perspective presents empirical research on the relationship between the measures of ecological concern and its demographic and psychosocial determinants. It discusses different models of environmental concern and tracks the human-environment relationship as studied by environmental psychologists and sociologists.

Progress in Medical Geology represents a compendium of research conducted by international scholars who participated in the 2nd Symposium on Advances in Geospatial held during “The 5th International Conference on Medical Geology” in Arlington, Virginia, USA, in 2013. The research topics dealt with here mainly focus on the new scientific field of medical geology used to address a variety of human health issues and diseases specifically related to geological materials and earth-system processes. This volume will be of interest to those who wish to learn about current and historical health issues relating to geological materials or other environmental factors. It also represents a useful guide to learning the interdisciplinary approach to problem-solving in the field of medical geology.

The Philosophical Roots of the Ecological Crisis: Descartes and the Modern Worldview traces the conceptual sources of the present environmental degradation within the worldview of Modernity, and particularly within the thought of René Descartes, universally acclaimed as the father of modern philosophy. The book demonstrates how the triple foundations of the Modern worldview – in terms of an exaggerated anthropocentrism, a mechanistic conception of the natural world, and the metaphysical dualism between humanity and the rest of the physical world – can all be largely traced back to Cartesian thought, with direct ecological consequences.

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Book of the Month - June 2018 31 May 2018

Our June Book of the Month is An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology by C. Nadia Seremetakis.

“Culture is the subject matter of anthropology”, reads the first sentence of the book. Since the birth of the discipline in the second half of the nineteenth century anthropologists have strove to investigate the relationships between people, place, and culture across the world. However, the original mission of anthropology was interwoven with colonialism and its privileged, Eurocentric ways of looking at the ‘uncivilised’ parts of the globe, and it has since changed beyond recognition to the vibrant field it is today. Seremetakis’ book is a critical introduction to all of this and more, and is an essential resource for anyone seeking to understand the state of cultural anthropology today.    

This book engages young scholars, teachers and students in a critical dialogue with past and present directions in cultural-historical studies. More particularly, it prepares prospective anthropologists, as well as readers interested in human cultures for understanding basic theoretical and methodological ethnographic principles and pursuing further what has been known as cultural anthropological perspectives. The book discusses key, field-based studies in the discipline and places them in dialogue with related studies in social history, linguistics, philosophy, literature, and photography, among others.

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 essential text in both its hardback and paperback versions, an offer which takes the paperback price to £18.80. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMJUN18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st July 2018.

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

"This invaluable textbook introduces cultural anthropology while also setting this American approach within a global context where there are competing national traditions of anthropology. Still more importantly, American-trained, yet intimately familiar with Europe, professor and fieldworker Seremetakis is both an insider and an outsider to Cultural Anthropology proper, and this makes her presentation unusual and most insightful."

—Charles Stewart, Professor of Anthropology at University College London, UK

"This book is a stunningly original and important introduction to contemporary cultural anthropology. Written in clear and compelling prose, this work places anthropology squarely within its powerful historical context. Seremetakis demonstrates powerfully how prominent anthropologists from Franz Boas to Michael Taussig have variously told the tale of social and cultural differences that have made a difference in our comprehension of the human condition. In these troubled times, Seremetakis has produced a work that shows students how anthropologists produce works that mark a path toward a better life, a path toward wisdom."

—Paul Stoller, Professor of Anthropology at West Chester University, USA, and the recipient of the 2013 Anders Retzius Gold Medal Laureate in Anthropology

"Exceptionally well written, organized, and presented, An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology would well serve as a basic text book for introductory courses in cultural anthropology and is to be considered as an essential, core addition to community, college, and university library Anthropology collections and supplemental studies reading lists."

Midwest Book Review, Library Bookwatch Volume 12, Number 9 (September 2017)

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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - June 2018 31 May 2018

This month, our Editorial Advisory Board member Dr Rustam B. Rustamov has chosen his ‘Recommended Read’: one of our most recent titles in the physical and mathematical sciences. Rustam is currently senior scientist at Institute of Physics of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, having previously served as the Acting Director General of the Azerbaijan National Aerospace Agency. He graduated with a PhD from the Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences in St Petersburg, Russia, and has also worked at the European Space Agency within the framework of the United Nations Program on Space Applications at the European Space Research and Technology Center in the Netherlands.

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Rustam’s choice. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABJUN18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st July 2018.

Dr Rustam B. Rustamov’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Kinematics and Dynamics of Galactic Stellar Populations

Author: Rafael Cubarsi

This book is a contribution to the interdisciplinary field of stellar dynamics. It offers a statistical study according to the moments and cumulants of a population mixture, and a dynamical approach based on a superposition of Chandrasekhar stellar systems. It will be of significant interest to those working in mathematics, statistics, physics, and astronomy. 

Many years ago, a concept of practical stellar dynamics was developed in which the main target was the search for the fixed structures of stellar systems using observational data and theoretical rations. The main method of stellar dynamics is the development of models of the investigated objects, while practical stellar dynamics aims to develop the most representative models in which syntheses of diverse observational data using the stellar system theory are carried out. The problems of stellar dynamics are related to researching the evolution of the stellar system.

In this monograph, the stellar system has been interpreted as a mass of particles with a mutual gravitational interaction, which makes it possible to determine the orbit of those particles. This concept opens up the possibility of considering the condition of analytical stellar dynamics as a fluid of the stellar system. The author expresses his opinion that this is due to the unavoidable collisions that take place in small globular clusters, and rapid fluctuations of the gravitational fields are produced in the process of violent relaxation.

This book successfully integrates different disciplines for the clarification and description of kinematics and dynamics of stellar systems, and opens up possibilities for new ideas and insights in future research. 

For further information on Dr Rustamov, please click here.

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Featured Review – Ancient Dramatic Chorus through the Eyes of a Modern Choreographer: Zouzou Nikoloudi 31 May 2018

At Cambridge Scholars we see first-hand the time and effort that goes into our authors’ books, and we are proud that many of our publications are critically acclaimed by eminent scholars working at their forefront of their fields. Praise for our authors appears in the very best scholarly journals, and this month we would like to highlight an especially striking review.

We are delighted to share Ioannis M. Konstantakos’ review of Katia Savrami’s Ancient Dramatic Chorus through the Eyes of a Modern Choreographer: Zouzou Nikoloudi, published in The Classical Journal. Konstantakos is Associate Professor at the University of Athens, where he teaches, researches, and writes about Greek literature and culture. He described the book as offering “a wealth of pragmatic information and penetrating analyses”:

“Savrami’s book is the first substantial monograph to be published on Nikoloudi’s oeuvre […] It is a first-rate contribution to the study of the modern reception of ancient theatre, valuable for classical scholars, drama critics, and artists alike. Above all, it is a reminder of the cardinal importance of music and dance for the emotional effect of an ancient play. Directors of the avant-garde should take particular heed of it.”

–Ioannis M. Konstantakos, Associate Professor at the University of Athens

The review is open access, and can be read in full here. To find out more about Ancient Dramatic Chorus through the Eyes of a Modern Choreographer: Zouzou Nikoloudi, please 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.

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Meet our Authors: D. Antoine Sutton - May 2018 14 May 2018

D. Antoine Sutton (DMin.) is a Pastor in the small hamlet of Red Cloud, Nebraska, in the United States. He is a Biblicist whose specialisms and reading and research interests include comparative Semitic philology; the poetry and textual criticism of A.E. Housman; astronomy in the Augustan era: specifically, the text and transmission of Manilius’ Astronomica; the origins and formation of classical Islam; Muslim historiography and theology; divinity studies during the Enlightenment; and the use of typology as a literary and theological device in the exegesis of ancient Greek and Roman poetry. He is also the editor of The Ds Commentary on Books, an academic review-bulletin, and composes poems and translations.

Antoine studied Latin as a teenager and later learned Syriac and Arabic at home and in school while residing in Amman, Jordan. During an eclectic course of study with distinguished scholars of Biblical and Islamic texts, one that included reading archaeological reports, he also acquired Hellenistic Greek, Semitic philology and Mishnaic Hebrew - as well as a reading knowledge of Turkish during an extended residence in Istanbul, Turkey. A former United States Marine and Gulf War I veteran, Antoine has travelled to over 3000 cities and is consequently a strong advocate for a cosmopolitan approach to the peoples and events of antiquity.

Antoine’s book with Cambridge Scholars, Introducing A.E. Housman (1859-1936): Preliminary Studies (2018), began its life when he realised the majority of studies on Housman introduced students to his poetry, not his classical work. Moreover, after years of carefully studying Housman’s own primary publications rather than the secondary literature about him and his writings, it became apparent to Antoine that conventional depictions of his personal life and habits were mythic, and based on unsubstantiated lore.

There was therefore a need for an accessible but detailed critical introduction to the career and writings of Housman. This book provides it, and has been described as “a brilliant tour-de-force of amazingly well-documented scholarship” by the late Douglas Tracy Smith Professor Emeritus of English at Yale University, Fred C. Robinson.

Antoine explains how he came into contact with Cambridge Scholars, and his experience of the publication process:

“I first learned of Cambridge Scholars a decade ago or so when the three volume edition Hall, Ritchie and Edwards’ P. Papinius Statius was issued. Wanting to review it, I requested a copy. Instantly I was pleased with the book's format and hardcover design. Critical research of that kind is not usually taken up by independent publishers, so it was a pleasant discovery, too, to learn that CSP published the academic work of (independent) unaffiliated scholars. For that reason, upon finishing the reconstruction of a few of my Housman essays, I submitted a proposal, one which CSP found suitable to their publishing aims.

In the earliest stages the editorial team put me on the right track, and provided assistance that was valuable. Questions were answered promptly and special concerns of mine were adequately handled. CSP provides its readership with professional volumes of a varied nature. Irenic and polemic scholarship is not shunned, but several of their academic publications offer perspectives that may not often be available from other academic presses. On account of that procedure particularly, CSP sets notable benchmarks that are not duplicated by other publishers. I am pleased and would recommend them to other scholars without hesitation!

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Antoine’s book, Introducing A.E. Housman (1859-1936): Preliminary Studies. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAMAY18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th June 2018.

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Meet our Authors: Konrad Żyśko - May 2018 14 May 2018

Konrad Żyśko, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Institute of English at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University (MCSU) in Lublin, Poland, where he completed his MA thesis on the translation of wordplay in 2009 and his doctoral thesis devoted to the cognitive linguistics account of wordplay mechanisms in 2014. He has published internationally in linguistics journals and post-conference volumes, and his research interests are focused on cognitive studies of wordplay, as well as the pragmatic aspects of communication. He is currently teaching at the Department of Cultural Linguistics at MCSU. He is also a member of the Polish Cognitive Linguistics Association (PTJK) and the Polish Association for the Study of English (PASE).

In 2016 Konrad published his first book with Cambridge Scholars Publishing, A Cognitive Linguistics Account of Wordplay, which explicates an array of intricate mechanisms that govern the creation and comprehension of wordplay, such as thinking in terms of image schemas, conceptual metaphor and metonymy, or blending theory, to mention just a few.

Konrad presents his rationale for publishing with Cambridge Scholars:

“I started my cooperation with Cambridge Scholars after hearing favourable reviews from my colleagues who already had some experience in publishing with the company. Indeed, the process of publication proved to be smooth and well-taken care of. The guidelines for text preparation were really clear and the support I received throughout the editing process was highly commendable. I especially appreciated the prompt replies whenever I had any queries concerning the manuscript, e.g. its layout, scope, or any other particular section like the photo cover. I must admit texts are checked very thoroughly, and often sent back to authors with explicit comments to make sure they meet the highest standards of publication. I am really glad I chose to publish with Cambridge Scholars and I plan to continue this fruitful collaboration.

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on A Cognitive Linguistics Account of Wordplay. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAMAY18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th June 2018.

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