Happy Earth Day! Learn why 350 is the most important number today!

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On Earth Day, what else can you do for the environment in addition to skipping meat? You should read this and visit 350.org!

“We’re taking the latest science—the climatologists’ assessment, after the great Arctic melt of 2007, that 350 parts per million carbon dioxide is the most we can safely have in the atmosphere—and trying to use a wide variety of tactics to ram it home. We want 350 to be the most well-known number in the world, the one thing that people know about global warming if they know nothing else … In the few weeks since we launched the drive, we’ve already heard from farmers in Cameroon planting 350 trees on the edge of their village, and from bike riders in Salt Lake City, 350 of them, circling the state capitol. Many churches have already rung their bells 350 times; students in China and India have marched under the 350 banner. It’s growing … It’s the most effective way we can think of to make a dent in the biggest problem the world faces, and in the short time the physics and chemistry allow. So visit the site, dream up something cool, and help us spread the message around the planet.” –Bill McKibben, scholar in environmental studies, Middlebury College (from the foreword of Social Movement to Address Climate Change: Local Steps for Global Action, Winner of the Christine L. Oravec Award in Environmental Communication).

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Cambria Press Book Review! Sexing Political Culture in the History of France is “an invaluable resource for historians”!

 

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“A cutting-edge collection.” – Carolyn J. Dean, John Hay Professor of International Studies, Brown University

 

Cambria Press congratulates Alison Moore on the outstanding review of her book, Sexing Political Culture in the History of France, which the Canadian Journal of History has lauded because it “offers a series of fascinating vignettes on different historical instantiations of gender and sexuality across time” and “provides an insightful overview of the kind of scholarship of gender and sexuality that has emerged in the last decade, and stands as an invaluable resource for historians.”

Below is an excerpt from the book:
It is not only in France, but in numerous global cultures, that modern nationalist ideologies have often referenced gendered and sexual motifs in order to seduce, provoke, and embed their political and social values in the population, or in order to inflame animosity toward competing nations and ideological enemies. Marianne, Mother Russia, Germania, and Britannia are just a few of the feminine archetypes around which European states have metaphorized their national identification. Sexual slander of the kind that implied that Hitler had one testicle (in British wartime propaganda), or that Jews were lascivious and sexually diseased (in Nazi ideology), further indicated the readiness of political discourses to use sexualized motifs in the definition of national identity, cultural difference and ideological conflict. That general practice is intriguing in itself and has been the focus of a new field of scholarship by historians and gender scholars over the past fifteen years, pioneered by the work of Joan Landes, George Mosse, Klaus Theweleit, Maurice Agulhon, Anne McClintock, and others. More recent scholarship on the sexual politics of Nazi Germany has been particularly inspiring to gender and sexuality historians of modern Europe in advancing an approach to these themes that is grounded in the study of political ideology and its practical application.” Read more now through the Cambria Free Preview.

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Award-winning authors Scott A. Frisch and Sean Q. Kelly will be WPSA next week!

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Scott A. Frisch and Sean Q. Kelly are not only coauthors of the award-winning Jimmy Carter and the Water Wars, they are also the editors of the Politics, Institutions, and Public Policy in America book series.

Cambria Press authors and series editors Scott A. Frisch and Sean Q. Kelly will be at the WPSA annual conference in Seattle next week. Discussing politics to the extreme, their WPSA panels will be exciting ones that attendees won’t want to miss! Their award-winning book Jimmy Carter and the Water Wars, as well as their highly praised book Doing Archival Research in Political Science are just a few of their books. In addition to their own works, Dr. Frisch and Dr. Kelly have also helped bring forth other important books in political science with their Politics, Institutions, and Public Policy in America book series. The series has produced books which have earned excellent journal reviews, including WPSA’s program chair Victoria Farrar-Myers‘s book with Michael Genovese, Corruption and American Politics. Here are just a few of the titles in the series:

These titles will be at the Cambria Press display in the WPSA exhibit hall. Visit the display to browse these great books and don’t forget to pick up an order form with a 40% discount for you and your library. See the Cambria Press ad in the WPSA program too for the discount code! Cambria Press will also giving out a limited supply of complimentary Political-Science Research Matters bags, which were made specially in response to the NSF funding cuts. Pick one up at the Cambria Press display and carry it around at (and after) the conference to drive home the message that political-science research matters!

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Cambria Press Book Review! The Experimental Fiction of Murray Bail is a “thorough overview” and a “sound guide”!

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Cambria Press congratulates Michael Ackland on the outstanding review of his book, The Experimental Fiction of Murray Bail, which JASAL praised for it being a “thorough review of this major Australian artist” that fills the long-overdue need for an extended study. The review also encourages that “devotees might especially take up his newest novel, The Voyage (2012), and apply their insight to this text.”

Below is an excerpt from the book:
Bail’s ideas remain a work-in-progress. In “The Seduction of My Sister” regenerative alternatives arise from the last vacant block of land in a suburban street. Bail, in a sense, has decided to cultivate a similar, largely trammelled lot, and readers will watch with interest to see what he chooses to erect in the still open-ended Australian landscape. As Ern Malley, another enigmatic figure on the Australian literary stage, has insisted grandiloquently: “I have split the infinitive. Beyond is anything” Read more now through the Cambria Free Preview.

This book is in the Cambria Australian Literature Series by Susan Lever.

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Cambria Press New Book! Contemporary Chicana Literature is now available!

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Cambria Press New Book! Contemporary Chicana Literature by Cristina Herrera is now available!

Cambria Press is pleased to announce that Contemporary Chicana Literature is now available!

Excerpts from this new book by Cristina Herrera:

“A major element of Chicana women’s experience is navigating a society that is often racist, sexist, homophobic, and classist. … In order for the Chicana daughter to forge an identity, she must first come to terms with what her mother represents, despite her perceived difference from other mothers. … Examining the mother-daughter relationship in Chicana fiction necessarily entails contextualizing this relationship by discussing the three mother archetypes that pervade Chicana/o culture … [which] define “appropriate” (La Virgen) and “inappropriate” (La Malinche and La Llorona) models of motherhood and womanhood. The existence of these powerful female archetypes strains the mother-daughter relationship, given that the archetypes reinforce the limited categories of women and mothers as either good or bad. Only by applying a mestiza feminist vision to La Virgen, La Malinche, and La Llorona can mothers and daughters succeed in defining their relationship outside a narrow framework.”

Dr. Herrera also explores queerness and parenthood:
“Doubly oppressed by a rigidly heterosexual church and a patriarchal culture, Chicana lesbians seek refuge in the mestiza goddess who accepts all people regardless of their sexuality.” Citing Carla Trujillo, she elaborates that “it is the Chicana mother who socializes her daughters to conform to culturally ‘acceptable’ modes of behavior–namely, heterosexuality. Daughters learn at an early age not only that homosexuality is taboo and thus off limits but also that ‘bad’ girls (in this case, lesbians) must be avoided at all costs.”

This book will be showcased at the Cambria Press booth at the 2014 LASA conference, but you don’t have to wait. Browse Contemporary Chicana Literature now!

This book offer excellent chapter readings for undergraduate and graduate courses in Chicana/Latina literature, LGBT studies, queer studies, and women writers. Professors can now avoid the hassle of textbook orders and simply assign a book chapter (or more) to students for the week’s reading for only $8.99! Check out the e-book rentals under “Detailed Info” on each book’s webpage.

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Cambria Press New Book! Rebecca Brown: Literary Subversions of Homonormalization

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An important book for research on women writers, queer studies, and contemporary literature

“In the context of queer kinship, too, Brown’s presentation of a wide range of social options typically takes the form of a critical examination. She devotes attention to the influence of class on the possibility of constructing a “family of choice,” thereby distancing herself from the optimism of gay commentators who stress the unlimited freedom queers have in creating their own families. In addition, she points out the painful lack of kinship among LGBTs by tackling taboo subjects, such as lesbian battering, power imbalances, and identity formation in positions of extreme dependency (often leading to self-loss). Thus, Brown’s writings can be said to supplement certain strands in queer theory, offering a valuable opposition to the stereotype of lesbian intimacy as especially democratic, as well as intervening in widespread psychoanalytic clichés.” – Lies Xhonneux, Rebecca Brown: Literary Subversions of Homonormalization

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This book offer excellent chapter readings for undergraduate and graduate courses in LGBT studies, queer studies, and women writers. Professors can now avoid the hassle of textbook orders and simply assign a book chapter (or more) to students for the week’s reading for only $8.99! Check out the e-book rentals under “Detailed Info” on each book’s webpage.

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AAS 2014 Conference: Sanchita Saxena’s Speech on Made in Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka!

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Cambria Press author Sanchita Saxena discusses her research on the labor behind the global textiles and garments industries.

#AAS2014 Book Launch – Watch Dr. Sanchita Saxena (UC Berkeley) speak about her book, Made in Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka: The Labor Behind the Global Garments and Textiles Industries

Click here for the Cambria Press book launch speeches by all authors at the AAS 2014 book launch session.

 

Check out the 2014 Cambria Press Asian studies catalog and download the booklist for your librarian.

Order by May 4th for your 40% discount on all hardcover titles!

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