Cambria Press Publication Review: Contents Tourism in Japan

Congratulations to Philip Seaton (Tokyo University), Takayoshi Yamamura (Hokkaido University), Akiko Sugawa-Shimada (Yokohama National University), and Kyungjae Jang (Hokkaido University) on the outstanding review of their book, Contents Tourism in Japan: Pilgrimages to “Sacred Sites” of Popular Culture, in the journal Tourist Studies.


The review praises the book, which includes 100 color images, noting that:

This is rich analysis. It not only proposes an approach for analysing how people and places benefit from content tourism, it convincingly applies its framework to provide valuable insights for those interested in Japanese history and culture, and for modern and international media and tourism scholars. The authors draw on an extremely wide range of sources to develop their method, and to illustrate content tourism in Japan using their own research, including many illustrative photographs of people, derivative content and places. In all, Contents Tourism in Japan provides a new understanding of how people in Japan have used the popular culture of their day as inspiration to travel, enhancing their enjoyment of their favourite content and transferring economic benefits upon the producers of the content and the places associated with it.”

This book is a must-read for those in Japan studies, media studies, popular culture, and tourism studies.

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Cambria Press New Publication: State Terrorism and the Politics of Memory in Latin America

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Cambria Press is releasing a new book, State Terrorism and the Politics of Memory in Latin America, by Dr. Gabriela Fried Amilivia (associate professor of sociology at California State University Los Angeles). Watch Dr. Fried discuss the book during the publication launch at the LASA Congress in New York.

Praise for the book:

“This study is a theoretical, methodological, and socio-historical contribution to the field, especially for memory studies from the perspective of the victims’ subjectivities. Gabriela Fried shows how the experience of extreme vulnerability becomes the sequel to the cumulative traumatic experience of individuals and families, and she illuminates some of the most relevant dimensions of this problem, thereby contributing to a wider understanding of the complex processes of political memories in Latin America in the lives of individuals and society.”

—Elizabeth Lira, Dean, Facultad de Psicología,
Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Santiago de Chile

The following are excerpts from State Terrorism and the Politics of Memory in Latin America:

“…the home raids and arrests after midnight, ‘under cover of darkness,’ were not necessarily meant to be silent acts: often, they were transformed into public spectacles of horror in which officers would insistently and loudly ring bells or break down doors at two or three in the morning, alarming entire houses, apartments, floors, or complexes. This included waking children, performing searches, and interrogating everyone present before apprehending the person or persons they had come for and taking them away without explanation …” (State Terrorism and the Politics of Memory in Latin America, pp. 50–51)

“Prisoners were forced into a constant state of alertness that would become a long-term habit: “to see without looking, to hear without listening, to know without showing that one knows.” Detainees were immediately deprived of any familiar connection, confined to a solitary struggle that enlisted their own bodies in pain—and the fear of pain—as a means of torture. In response, they turned inward, necessarily relying on their own psychic resources, however limited, for survival.” (State Terrorism and the Politics of Memory in Latin America, pp. 128–129)

“In 1975 the armed forces had perfected their ‘methods,’ and everyone who was detained was subjected to systematic torture … And I was no exception. The days of interrogation and torture were very hard, so much that my mind has erased much of those days (months?), but the marks on my body took longer to erase (have they been erased?) …” (State Terrorism and the Politics of Memory in Latin America, pp. 200–201)

Order State Terrorism and the Politics of Memory in Latin America and ask your library to purchase this book, which will be a valuable resource to students, scholars, and practitioners who are interested in substantive questions of memory, democratization, human rights, and transitional justice. This book is an essential addition for collections in Latin American studies and studies in trauma, memory, and political justice.

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#ISA2015 Essential Titles

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#ISA2015 Essential Titles

NEW TITLE: International Relations and the Arctic
Increased global interest in the Arctic poses challenges to contemporary international relations, and many questions surround exactly why and how Arctic countries are asserting their influence and claims over their northern reaches and why and how non-Arctic states are turning their attention to the region. This first systematic study of Arctic international relations, spanning 742 pages, by the world’s leading experts in Arctic affairs demonstrates the multifaceted and essential nature of circumpolar politics.

“A fantastic and elaborate collection, this book is right on time. The good news about the present volume is that it does not simply treat the region as just another case of the application and replication of paradigmatic international relation (IR) theories. Rather, the book shall “throw light on how the Arctic as an area of study contributes to the IR discipline.’ The contributors have done a great job doing so and their efforts will be of great interest to both the Arctic studies community and IR scholars.”– Polar Record

See also

The Nigeria-Biafra War: Genocide and the Politics of Memory
“Worthy and  invaluable.” – Journal of Asian and African Studies

Made in Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka: The Labor Behind the Global Garments and Textiles Industries
“Insightful and perceptive.” – William Milam, Woodrow Wilson Center

The Global Digital Economy: A Comparative Policy Analysis
JUST PUBLISHED! Covers the intense growth in East Asia and the transformations in Africa.

Japan’s Shrinking Regions in the 21st Century: Contemporary Responses to Depopulation and Socioeconomic Decline
“A splendid effort, one that examines the problem at various scales—the national, prefectural, regional & local.” – Regional Studies

Climate Change Politics: Communication and Public Engagement
“A welcome collection of critical scholarship.” – Mike Hulme, University of East Anglia

Challenges to Civil Society: Popular Protest & Governance in Jamaica
“Lucid and powerful.” – Joseph Soeters, Netherlands Defence Academy/Tilburg University

Use code ISA2015 at for 35% off all hardcover titles.

Professors, Ask your librarian to order our Platinum Library E-books. When they buy these based on your recommendations, you will receive a complimentary hardcover of the titles purchased
AND your students will enjoy free mulitple-user, concurrent e-book

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#NWSA2014 Highlights: Groundbreaking Books for Women’s Studies


#NWSA2014: Groundbreaking Books for Women’s Studies

#NWSA2014 attendees, are these groundbreaking books in women’s studies in your library? Make sure they are and take advantage of the 30% discount on all titles (now until November 30, 2014). Use web coupon code BA188.

Unnatural Reproductions and Monstrosity: The Birth of the Monster in Literature, Film, and Media

Andrea Wood and Brandy Schillace

Much has been written about gender and the monstrous, but sustained engagement with textual manifestations of cultural and unconscious fears and anxieties about “unnatural” reproduction has been limited. This book expands the current discourse and analyzes how fears about unnatural reproduction and monstrous offspring—and their frequent connections to the feminine—have proliferated and propagated across the very texts which are repetitively created and consumed.

Black Women as Custodians of History: Unsung Rebel (M)Others in African American and Afro-Cuban Women’s Writing

Paula Sanmartín

This book is an essential addition to the study of comparative black literature of the Americas; it will also fill the gap that exists on theoretical studies exploring black women’s writing from the Spanish Caribbean. This book examines literary representations of the historic roots of black women’s resistance in the United States and Cuba by studying the following texts by both African American and Afro-Cuban women from different literary genres.

Ooku, The Secret World of the Shogun’s Women

 Cecilia Segawa Seigle and Linda H. Chance

“A wonderfully detailed history of the shogunal harem … and it does not shy away from discussion of the sex—or lack of it—at the heart of the Ooku’s raison d’être … Many of the primary sources consulted by the authors are still in manuscript form and exceptionally difficult to decipher, let alone interpret. The authors thus deserve high praise for their dedication to locating, making sense of, selecting, and translating a vast range of material for a scholarly audience.” – Gaye Rowley, Waseda University

Contemporary Chicana Literature: (Re)Writing the Maternal Script

Cristina Herrera

Despite the growing literary scholarship on Chicana writers, few, if any, studies have exhaustively explored themes of motherhood, maternity, and mother-daughter relationships in their novels.Mother-daughter relationships have been ignored in much literary criticism, but this book reveals that maternal relationships are crucial to the study of Chicana literature; more precisely, examining maternal relationships provides insight to Chicana writers’ rejection of intersecting power structures that otherwise silence Chicanas and women of color.

Black Medea: Adaptations for Modern Plays

Kevin J. Wetmore

The plays in this volume reflect recurring themes and approaches to adapting Medea to modern contexts. Numerous modern adaptations see the play as painting a picture of the struggle of the powerless under the powerful, of women against men, of foreigners versus natives. The play has been adapted into colonial and historical contexts to lend its powerful resonances to issues of current import.

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Veterans Day Salute: Language and Gender in the Military

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Language and Gender in the Military by Edith Disler


Happy Veterans Day to America’s heroes! Highlighted today is Lt. Col. Edith Disler’s book Language and Gender in the Military.

From the preface:
“American military identity is part of American identity in that it influences the American masculine construct and has affected 26 million veterans and their families, as well as those who may not be in the military
but work with and near military members and installations on a regular basis.” – Edith A. Disler, Lt Col (Ret) USAF; Director of LGBT Affairs, Military Religious Freedom Foundation

Browse this book now and read Dr. Disler’s recent open letter on The Huffington Post to to the Commander of the United States Air Force.

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Why is Africa important to the rest of the world?

President Barack Obama recently declared that the future stability of the world depends on African nations’ prosperity and self-reliance. Reinforcing this is Toyin Falola, leading authority in African studies, who stated that “scholars and policy makers have the obligation to show Africa and the world how to succeed.” This is why African studies continues to grow as a critical field and why Dr. Falola has launched the Cambria African Studies Series with Dr. Moses Ochonu (Vanderbilt University). This interdisciplinary series provides a much-needed platform for original studies which both illuminate and critique existing and emerging forms of geopolitical organization in Africa, whether these are nation-states, national imaginations and claims, and movements for self-determination. The editors are interested in studies which shed light on the overarching question of development (human, economic, social, cultural, etc.) and its symbiotic or fraught relationship with old and new political realities on the continent. Both editors will be at the 2014 African Studies Association annual meeting participating at the various sessions (see the ASA program)

#Africa #AfricanStudies #Africanist #ToyinFalola #MosesOchonu

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Toyin Falola, Jacob & Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities and University Distinguished Teaching Professor, University of Texas at Austin; and general editor, Cambria African Studies Series

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Cambria Press Book Highlight: Performance, Theatre, and Society in Contemporary Nicaragua

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Performance, Theatre, and Society in Contemporary Nicaragua: Spectacles of Gender, Sexuality, and Marginality is a must for Latin American studies and LGBT studies.

An excerpt from Performance, Theatre, and Society in Contemporary Nicaragua: Spectacles of Gender, Sexuality, and Marginality:

[An] example of a public performance of marginality that critically responds to the Nicaraguan regime’s theatricality of power is the performance of Shayra, a twenty-four-year-old gay transvestite man, in the fringe circus called King Cat in a modest barrio of Managua. Escaping years of mistreatment from family, neighbors, and society at large, Shayra dances, lip syncs, and makes community with a number of other young Nicaraguan barrio dwellers. Many of those she meets also earn a living through performances in these spaces and try to restore a sense of agency in a world biased by the politics of machismo, homophobia, class exploitation, political corruption, and violence. Shayra’s displays of marginality in undesirable urban areas—my focus here—comprise an individual reaction to the politics of excluding some segments of the population (homosexuals and other marginalized barrio dwellers) from the social and political spheres of the nation. Exclusion in this sense is not only political; it also implies social exclusion in economic and other related terms.

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This book is in the Contemporary Global Performing Arts book series by John Clum (Duke University).

If you like this book, please recommend it to your library and colleagues.

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