Visit the Cambria Press Book Display Table at the Western Political Science Association (WPSA) Meeting!

If you are attending the Western Political Science Association (WPSA) annual meeting in Portland, please be sure to visit the  Cambria Press book display table.

New titles that will be on display include:

Given how this is election season, some relevant books (which have received excellent reviews) include:

There are also many more titles, especially in the Politics, Institutions, and Public Policy in America book series by Scott Frisch and Sean Kelly. Professor Sean Kelly will be attending the WPSA conference.

In fact, Professors Frisch and Kelly are two of the coeditors of a new book, that “could help bring about a revolution in the way political scientists do their work” as praised by Dr. Raymond Smock, director of the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies; former historian, U. S. House of Representatives; and past president of the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress. The book, Doing Archival Research in Political Science, with two other coeditors Douglas B. Harris and David C.W. Parker, has already been praised by leading scholars and is scheduled for publication at the end of this March.

A 30% WPSA discount is being offered until May 15, 2012. Download the Cambria Press book list with this special WPSA discount!

Enjoy your time in Portland!

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Book Launch for Who is the Good High School Student? at Murdoch University

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Congratulations to Dr. Greg Thompson on the launch of his book Who is the Good High School Student? (www.cambriapress.com/books/9781604977950.cfm) at Murdoch University! He is pictured here with Professor Barry Down, the City of Rockingham Chair in Education.

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NEW PUBLICATION: Who is the Good High School Student? is now available!

Cambria Press is pleased to announce that Who is the Good High School Student? by Greg Thompson is now available.

As a high school teacher for many years, Dr. Greg Thompson often wondered how students responded to complex articulations on how to be a good student. How a student can be considered good is itself an articulation of powerful discourses that compete within the school. Rather than assuming a moral or ethical citizen, this study turns that logic on it on its head to ask students in what ways they can be good within the school. Visions of the good student deployed in various ways in schools act to produce various ways of knowing the self as certain types of subjects. Developing the postmodern theories of Foucault and Deleuze, this study argues that schools act to teach students to know themselves in certain idealised ways through which they are located, and locate themselves, in hierarchical rationales of the good student. Problematising the good student in high schools engages those institutional discourses with the philosophy, history and sociology of education.

Asking students how they negotiate or perform their selves within schools challenges the narrow and limiting ways that the good is often understood. By pushing the ontological understandings of the self beyond the modernist philosophies that currently dominate schools and schooling, this study problematises the tendency to see students as fixed, measurable identities (beings) rather than dynamic, evolving performances (becomings). 

Who is the Good High School Student? is an important book for scholars conducting research on high school education, as well as student-teachers, teacher educators and practicing teachers alike.

Tell your librarian about this book today–they can order it directly from Cambria Press or they can order through their preferred academic book wholesaler (Cambria Press is on the approval list of premier wholesalers like YBP).

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Cambria Sinophone World Series by Victor H. Mair at 2012 Asian Studies Association (AAS) Annual Meeting in Toronto

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There have been many new exciting developments at Cambria Press, including the launch of the Cambria Sinophone World Series by renowned sinologist Professor Victor H. Mair (University of Pennsylvania).

The members of the editorial board are:

  • .               Ann Huss (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
  • .               Xiaofei Kang (George Washington University)
  • .               Jianmei Liu (University of Maryland)
  • .               Haun Saussy (University of Chicago)
  • .               Tansen Sen (Baruch College)
  • .               Shu-mei Shih (UCLA)
  • .               Jing Tsu (Yale University)
  • .               David Der-wei Wang (Harvard University)

To celebrate the great honor of having Professor Mair as the general editor of the series as well as these esteemed professors on the editorial board, a special bookmark (which will be in every single AAS conference bag) has been commissioned.

In addition, Cambria Press has designed a special tote bag to commemorate this event. These beautiful bags, which feature the eye-catching series logo, are complimentary and can be picked up at the Cambria Press booth (#308) in the AAS book exhibit hall.

The series was recently advertised in the February issue of the Journal of Asian Studies and is also in the AAS conference program (see page 106). For more information, please visit www.cambriapress.com/sinophone-series

Stay tuned for more news on Cambria Press at the AAS–we will be posting news over the next few days as we approach the event as well as a post-conference wrap, so be sure to check back in!

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NEW PUBLICATION: Charles Dupin (1784–1873) and His Influence on France is now available!

Cambria Press is pleased to announce that Charles Dupin (1784–1873) and His Influence on France: The Contributions of a Mathematician, Educator, Engineer, and Statesman by Margaret Bradley is now available.

Charles Dupin was a multifaceted figure in the history of France, where his life spanned several regimes. He produced an enormous number of publications in mathematics, engineering, economics, and education. Long neglected by historians, he is at last beginning to receive attention. In his youth, he championed many causes, including the education of women, perhaps because of the influence of his dynamic and learned mother. He was already very ambitious as a youth and left behind the usual youthful desires in pursuit of his goals.

This is the first published study of Charles Dupin and his entire life’s work. It illuminates his work and contribution in so many spheres, as well as his contacts with other scientists and educators. His mathematics have long interested scholars in the field, and he would have been an outstanding naval engineer. He was a linguist and highly cultured; with his aesthetic sense he might well have rivaled Sané, but because of his driving ambition he was a great man manqué. Against a background of tremendous changes in France, he made important contributions in many areas, as evidenced by the bibliography in this book.

This work will be of interest to mathematicians, historians of science, sociologists, economists, engineers, and educators.

Tell your librarian about this book today–they can order it directly from Cambria Press or they can order through their preferred academic book wholesaler (Cambria Press is on the approval list of premier wholesalers like YBP).

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NEW PUBLICATION: The Trinitarian Vision of Jonathan Edwards and David Coffey is now available!

Cambria Press is pleased to announce that The Trinitarian Vision of Jonathan Edwards and David Coffey by Steven M. Studebaker  is now available!

The book brings Jonathan Edwards’ and David Coffey’s trinitarian understanding of God and redemption into ecumenical and constructive dialogue. The Trinity plays a systemic role in their theology and leads them to similar Spirit Christologies and pneumatological concepts of grace. Their use of the Augustinian mutual love model of the Trinity and their integration of it with Christology and pneumatology provide the resources to develop a transformational and relational vision of redemption and inclusivist theology of religions.

To achieve its historical, ecumenical, and constructive program, the book moves through three steps. The first describes the Augustinian mutual love model of the Trinity in light of two of its major historical representatives—St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas—and situates Edwards’ and Coffey’s thought in continuity with that tradition. The second section demonstrates that Edwards and Coffey’s shared trinitarian theology led them to similar Spirit Christologies and pneumatological concepts of grace. Based on the historical and comparative work in the first two sections, the third section makes two constructive proposals. First, it presents a relational and transformational understanding of redemption in place of the traditional Protestant evangelical legal doctrine of justification and formulaic approach to spiritual formation. Second, it proposes an inclusive theology of religions that includes a positive theological attitude toward the universal human religious quest and its manifestation in various religious traditions of the world.

Intended for students and scholars working in evangelical, ecumenical, and trinitarian theology, this project seeks to make a constructive contribution to contemporary evangelical theology.The book will appeal to multiple audiences. First, it is important for Edwards scholars and to readers with a general interest in Edwards since there are few book-length treatments of his trinitarianism. Moreover, and accenting its appeal, the book presents an alternative interpretation of his trinitarian theology relative to the previous books. Second, it should attract the attention of evangelical theologians interested in the doctrine of the Trinity, ecumenical theology, revising traditional evangelical views on Christ and the Holy Spirit, and developing an evangelical theology of religions. Finally, the book will be valuable to Catholic theologians interested in ecumenical theology and especially that related to Evangelicalism.

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NEW PUBLICATION: Albert Camus’s Philosophy of Communication is now available!

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Cambria Press is pleased to announce that Albert Camus’s Philosophy of Communication: Making Sense in an Age of Absurdity (www.cambriapress.com/books/9781604977912.cfm) by  Brent C. Sleasman is now available.

In this first book-length study of Camus to situate his work within the study of communication ethics and philosophy of communication, Brent C. Sleasman helps readers reinterpret Camus’ work for the twenty-first century. Within the introduction, Camus’ exploration of absurdity is situated as a metaphor for the postmodern age. The first chapter then explores the communicative problem that Camus announced with the publication of The Fall––a problem that still resonates over 50 years after its initial publication. In the chapters that follow other metaphors that emerge from Camus’ work are reframed in an effort to assist the reader in responding to the problems that emerge while living in their own age of absurdity. Each metaphor is rooted in the contemporary scholarship of the communication discipline. Through this study it becomes clear that Camus was an implicit philosopher of communication with deep ethical commitments.

Albert Camus’s Philosophy of Communication: Making Sense in an Age of Absurdity is an important book for anyone interested in understanding the communicative implications of Camus’ work, specifically upper-level undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty.

Tell your librarian about this book today–they can order it directly from Cambria Press or they can order through their preferred academic book wholesaler (Cambria Press is on the approval list of premier wholesalers like YBP).

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