Book Announcement: Public Health and Social Reforms in Portugal (1780-1805)

Public Health and Social Reforms in Portugal (1780-1805) now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443886161
Hardback, pp325, £64.99 / $109.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Public Health and Social Reforms in Portugal (1780-1805) by Laurinda Abreu.

This monograph provides an innovative analysis of a unique period for social and public health policy in Portuguese history. With a firm basis in archival research, the book examines a lesser-known facet of one of the most fascinating and controversial figures in the late Ancien Regime in Portugal: Diogo Inácio de Pina Manique, the Intendant-General of Police from 1780 to 1805. By combining the resources of the Intendancy with those of the Casa Pia, an institution for welfare provision and social control that he set up just a month after being appointed, Pina Manique attempted to introduce a variety of projects designed to create a prosperous, healthy, well-educated, informed, clean and hard-working country less inclined to vice and immorality, in which the people would be obedient and the upper classes more magnanimous. One of his greatest achievements was perhaps to understand the link between ill health and poverty and therefore to regard public health as a key area of governance.
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Book Announcement: Beringia: Archaic Migrations into North America (paperback)

Paperback edition of Beringia: Archaic Migrations into North America now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443826839
Paperback, pp197, £34.99 / $58.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the paperback release of Beringia: Archaic Migrations into North America by Robert D. Morritt.

This volume is a study of the migration of cultures from Asia to North America from the earliest period of recorded history. Evidence is presented of a connection between the North American Athabaskan language family and Siberia, together with comparisons and examinations of the implications of linguistics from anthropological, archaeological and folklore perspectives. An exploration of the origins of the earliest people in the Americas, this book covers topics including Siberian, Dene and Navajo Creation myths; linguistic comparisons between Siberian Ket Navajo and Western Apache; and comparisons between indigenous groups that appear to share the same origin.
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Book Announcement: The Admiralty Sessions, 1536-1834: Maritime Crime and the Silver Oar

The Admiralty Sessions, 1536-1834: Maritime Crime and the Silver Oar now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443881784
Hardback, pp291, £61.99 / $105.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of The Admiralty Sessions, 1536-1834: Maritime Crime and the Silver Oar by Gregory Durston.

The growth in England and Britain’s merchant marine from the medieval period onwards meant that an increasing number of criminal offences were committed on or against the country’s vessels while they were at sea. Between 1536 and 1834, such crimes were determined at the Admiralty Sessions if brought to trial. This was a special part of the wider Admiralty Court, which, unlike the other forums in that tribunal, used English common law procedure rather than Roman civil law to try its cases. To a modest extent, this produced a ‘hybrid’ court, dominated by the common law but influenced by aspects of Europe’s other major legal tradition. The Admiralty Sessions also had their own (highly singular) regime for executing convicts, used the Marshalsea prison to hold their suspects and displayed the Admiralty Court’s ceremonial silver oar at their hearings and hangings.
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Book Announcement: Proceedings of the First International Colin Wilson Conference

Proceedings of the First International Colin Wilson Conference now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443881722
Hardback, pp185, £58.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Proceedings of the First International Colin Wilson Conference, edited by Colin Stanley.

When the archive of the English philosopher and polymath Colin Wilson (1931–2013) was opened at the University of Nottingham, UK, in the summer of 2011, it was agreed among those present that a Conference should be arranged there to discuss his work. 2016 was mooted as an appropriate date coinciding with the sixtieth anniversary of the publication of his first (and still most famous) book, The Outsider; a book that has remained in print since publication day in May 1956 and now been translated into well over 30 languages.
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Book Announcement: Dialogism or Interconnectedness in the Work of Louise Erdrich

Dialogism or Interconnectedness in the Work of Louise Erdrich now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443886079
Hardback, pp195, £58.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Dialogism or Interconnectedness in the Work of Louise Erdrich by Marta J. Lysik.

This study portrays how Louise Erdrich’s writing extends Bakhtin’s concepts of dialogism and the novel through an investigation of a selection of her works, as well as her practices of writing, co-writing, re-writing, and reading novels. Erdrich’s hallmark dialogic literary style and practice encompasses writing a series of books; re-cycling protagonists, narrators, events, themes and settings; re-writing previously published novels; employing heteroglossia and polyglossia; co-authoring texts, blogging about books; translating different epistemologies for different audiences; and spotlighting families as the main thematic concern in dialogue with her own parenting experiences as depicted in her memoirs.
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Book Announcement: Cremation, Corpses and Cannibalism: Comparative Cosmologies and Centuries of Cosmic Consumption

Cremation, Corpses and Cannibalism: Comparative Cosmologies and Centuries of Cosmic Consumption now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443881739
Hardback, pp205, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Cremation, Corpses and Cannibalism: Comparative Cosmologies and Centuries of Cosmic Consumption by Anders Kaliff and Terje Oestigaard.

Death matters and the matters of death are initially, and to a large extent, the decaying flesh of the corpse. Cremation as a ritual practice is the fastest and most optimal way of dissolving the corpse’s flesh, either by annihilation or purification, or a combination. Still, cremation was not the final rite, and the archaeological record testifies that the dead represented a means to other ends – the flesh, and not the least the bones – have been incorporated in a wide range of other ritual contexts. While human sacrifices and cannibalism as ritual phenomena are much discussed in anthropology, archaeology has an advantage, since the actual bone material leaves traces of ritual practices that are unseen and unheard of in the contemporary world. As such, this book fleshes out a broader and more coherent understanding of prehistoric religions and funeral practices in Scandinavia by focusing on cremation, corpses and cannibalism.
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Book Announcement: Values, World Society and Modelling Yearbook 2015

Values, World Society and Modelling Yearbook 2015 now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443881753
Hardback, pp335, £64.99 / $109.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Values, World Society and Modelling Yearbook 2015 by Gordon Burt.

The Values, World Society and Modelling Yearbook 2015, like the 2014 Yearbook, analyses contemporary world events with special attention to values, drawing on foundational ideas in a variety of academic disciplines. World society in 2015 exhibited economic, political and cultural tensions: growth and austerity; the Greek bailout referendum; the Paris attacks on the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists; the Christian south and Muslim north in the Nigerian elections; and religion and secularism in Ireland’s referendum on same-sex marriage. Demographics, austerity, migration and nationalism were all issues in the UK general election. There were debates about immigration into Europe and debates about Western military intervention. There were debates about the Enlightenment surrounding the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo.
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